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Two primitive campsites are located along the river at Loop Camp, near the mid-point of the River Road.Site Name LP-1 LP-2Vehicles 3 2Persons 12 8Horses 4 (4x4 req.) 4 (4x4 req.) How to Get ThereThe Loop Camp campsites are located along the River Road, 23 miles from the west end near Castolon, or 31 miles from the east end near Rio Grande Village. The two campsites are located at the end of a 3.5 mile-long access roadUsual Road ConditionsThe River Road is maintained for High-Clearance Vehicles only. After rains, the River Road is extremely muddy and may quickly become impassable to ALL vehicles. Four-wheel drive may be required. Always ask a ranger for current conditions.Current road conditions...Ground Cover/ShadeThese campsites have NO shade. Although near the river, both sites lie in desert scrub habitat and are surrounded by only sparse creosote, lechuguilla, and desert grasses.ViewsGreat views of the Punta de la Sierra, Mule Ears, and the Rio Grande. The campsites are located on a bluff directly above the river.River AccessThe river is close by and accessible by walking down a steep bluff. Foot-trail access only.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 vehicle use is allowed in Big Bend National Park.Here the Rio Grande makes a crazy looping meander and actually flows east to west in front of the campsites.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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