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The Paint Gap Road is located approximately 6 miles west of the Panther Junction Visitor Center, along the north side of the road. Four campsites are located along the road, three of which are generally accessible to all vehicles. Site Name PG-1 PG-2 PG-3 PG-4Vehicles 1 2 1 2Persons 4 6 6 4Horses no no no no How to Get ThereThe Paint Gap Road is located approximately 6 miles west of the Panther Junction Visitor Center, along the north side of the road. PG-1 is 1 mile from the pavement. PG-2,3 are located approximately 2 miles from the pavement. PG-4 is located within the "gap" approximately 2.5 miles from pavement.Usual Road ConditionsThe Paint Gap Hills Road is generally in good condition and is accessible to all vehicles throughout the year except past campsite #3 (PG-3) where high clearance is required for passing through Paint Gap.Current road conditions...Ground Cover/ShadeNo shade available at PG-1 and PG-4. Moderate ground cover at PG-2 and PG3 due to thick surrounding vegetation.ViewsGood views of the Chisos Mountains from PG-1,2,3. Views of Paint Gap Hills from PG-2,3,4. Dripping Spring and an old ranch site are located at the end of the road beyond the Paint Gap. Paint Gap shows a wide array of colors in Tornillo Creek to the North.Water SourcesNone. There is NO water anywhere near the Southwest Rim of the Chisos. It is vital that you carry adequate water for drinking, cooking, and washing. Plan on at least one gallon/person/24 hours.River AccessNone. Cautionary NotesThe road past campsite PG-3 requires high-clearance vehicles.RemarksA 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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