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The Rice Tank campsites are located next to an old stock tank, just over four miles down the Glenn Spring Road.Site Name RT-1 RT-2Vehicles 2 2Persons 6 6Horses no no How to Get ThereThe Nugent Mountain campsites are fairly small adjacent sites located just over a mile down the Glenn Spring Road. Return to the Backcountry Roadside Campsite page Campsite PhotosUsual Road ConditionsThe Glenn Spring Road and all campsite roads are recommended for high clearance vehicles only. Road conditions can deteriorate quickly after heavy rains. Ruts are the norm on this road. There are many arroyos to cross. Ask a Park Ranger for the latest road conditions. Current road conditions...Ground Cover/ShadeNo shade available. Moderate ground cover due to vegetation around the old earthen "tank".ViewsThis campsite area is next to an old earthen tank used in the 1920's to hold water for livestock, as well as an old livestock corral and loading chute. Good views of the Chisos Mountains (South Rim) to the west and Elephant Tusk and Backbone Ridge are visible to the south.River AccessNone. Cautionary NotesThe road can deteriorate rapidly after rain. High clearance vehicles are highly recommended at all times, and 4-wheel drive may sometimes be necessary, especially after rain.RemarksRT-1 and RT-2 are close to each other and would be suitable for splitting a large camping group between both sites. Do not attempt to camp in the historic corral; camping inside historic structures is prohibited.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.
The only draw back is the research station the govment placed right in your viewing corridor. Of all the desert in the park, they had to stick it there. We happened to ask the ranger what is up with that site just this past month. He said he has wondered about it also. He said he has even tried to find out who set it up and who is responsible for it, but no one knew. So, the rangers don't know how long it will be there or what it is researching.My bet is those Jack wads who put it up have long graduated from their fancy college and forgot to tell the govment they are done. I bet you a peso that the stuff slowly rots away just like the other research station that is slowly rotting away in Pine Canyon.
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