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Two primitive campsites are located along the river at Jewel's Camp, near the mid-point of the River Road.Site Name JE-1 JE-2Vehicles 2 3Persons 8 12Horses 4 (4x4 req.) 4 (4x4 req.) How to Get ThereThe Jewel's campsites are located off the River Road. The access road to the campsites is 24.6 miles from the west end near Castolon, or 29.4 miles from the east end near Rio Grande Village. Both sites are at the end of a 3 mile access road.Usual Road ConditionsThe River Road is maintained for high clearance vehicles only. The road to Jewel's Camp is very rough and 4-wheel drive is highly recommended to access these sites. After rains, these roads are extremely muddy and quickly become impassable to ALL vehicles. Do NOT camp here is rain is threatening.Current road conditions...Ground Cover/ShadeJE-1 has NO shade. It is located in open creosote desert scrub. JE-2 has limited shade under mesquite.ViewsJE-1 has good views of the Chisos and Mule Ears Peaks. JE-2 has poor views due to thick surrounding vegetation.River AccessJE-1 is located above the river on a steep bluff. The river can be accessed by walking down the bluff. JE-2 is in the river floodplain surrounded by a mesquite thicket. River access is difficult. No boat access here.Cautionary NotesTo minimize the possibility of theft, secure belongings when away from the campsite and while sleeping. Do not leave site unattended for long periods of time. Check current road conditions with a ranger. 4-wheel drive is required after any rain.RemarksVehicles must stay on designated roadways. No off-road travel is allowed in Big Bend National Park.Area is frequented by passers by and Mexican residents.A backcountry use permit is required (available at visitor centers). Campers are responsible for regulations listed on the permit. Camping is in designated sites for minimal impact on the surrounding vegetation.
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