Surrounded by ancient basaltic lava beds, scenic campsites are located right next to the historic Marfa to Lajitas stage road. These campsites are designated backcountry single sites located in the Upper Fresno Backcountry Zone near Pila Montoya.
Pila Montoya is a rock water tank located seven miles east of Sauceda. The campsites have one picnic table, a fire ring and two tent pads. The campsites can support eight people. There is a maximum of three cars allowed in the parking area. If a secluded atmosphere is on your agenda, these sites are perfect for you.
Pila Montoya 1 - UTM 610348 E 3264789 N
Pila Montoya 2 - UTM 610427 E 3263474 N
Pila Montoya 3 - UTM 610558 E 3263093 N
Access - Travel east on Camino a la Sauceda on the 2WD all-access road to Pila Montoya Road. Turn right onto Pila Montoya Road to the campsites on the 2-Wheel Drive High Clearance road.
Distance from Sauceda Visitor Center (all distances are approximate):
Sauceda to Pila Montoya 1 - 7.0 miles
Pila Montoya 1 to Pila Montoya 2 - 1.0 miles
Pila Montoya 2 to Pila Montoya 3 - 1.4 miles
About these sites:
- Right next to the historic Lajitas to Marfa stage coach road.
- Great launching points for day hikes on the stage road, into the Solitario and Upper Fresno Canyon.
- Excellent stargazing on clear nights.
The campsites are protected from strong winds by rocky outcroppings, yet open enough to not feel confined. Common plants are ocotillo, cholla, prickly pear cacti, mariola and long stemmed grasses.