Volcanic boulders stand sentinel as they guard the approach to Fresno Vista campsite. Here, at the edge of ancient lava flows from the Bofecillos volcanoes, one can glimpse millions of years of geologic history and contemplate thousands of years of human occupation in upper Fresno Canyon. After driving through gently rolling grass-covered hills to arrive at the campsite, visitors will find a picnic table and fire ring situated in a small valley. A few yards to the north lies a level ridgeline that has been designated for tent camping. Numerous tumbled boulders invite exploration and play. The site can also accommodate those with mobility issues.
Located in the northeastern section of the park, Fresno Vista is off the main road, but access is not difficult. It is a site that offers outdoor opportunities to visitors who require gentle slopes and open camping areas. It is located near sheep pens and surrounded by a forest of opuntia and ocotillo. A picnic table and fire ring are found in boulders near the upper reaches of Fresno Canyon. The mountains on the eastern horizon are the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park.
This site offers opportunities for short hikes and birding. It is great for children and people with ambulatory issues. Sunlight playing on surrounding mesas provides multiple opportunities for photography.
GPS Coordinates (NAD83):
- UTM13 Easting: 611335.2756
UTM Northing: 3263866.2950
- Longitude DD -103.85140183
Latitude DD 29.49939832
- Longitude DMS -103 51 5.0466
Latitude DMS 29 29 57.8339
Access (2-Wheel Drive High Clearance) - At the Sauceda Ranger Station turn right and travel east on Camino a la Sauceda, the 2-Wheel Drive all-access road. Turn right onto Fresno Vista Road. Pass the warning sign and travel along the ridgeline. Upon reaching a water trough, turn right and follow the road to the parking area.
Distance from Sauceda Ranger Station (all distances are approximate):
- Sauceda Ranger Station to Fresno Vista Road 7.8 miles
- Fresno Vista Road to water trough 0.9 miles
- Water trough to campsite 0.3 miles
- Approximate time to travel the 9 miles here from the Sauceda Ranger Station is 40 minutes.
About these sites:
- Uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains
- So peaceful that you can hear the breeze pass through
- Lots of room to spread out
- Sorrunded by the Upper Fresno Backcountry Zone
Fresno Vista campsite is protected from south winds but is exposed to the north. Desert grasses, lechuguilla, cholla, hedgehog cacti and an occasional juniper are common plants. On clear nights, stargazing is spectacular.