Big Bend Ranch State Park

Tres Papalotes

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Looking north.

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Looking southwest.

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Looking northwest.

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Looking toward the south.

Positioned on the site of an old mining camp, Tres Papalotes Group Campsite is approximately 16.7 miles southeast of the Sauceda Ranger Station. Tres Papalotes in Spanish means "three windmills."

Groups of up to 12 people can camp here with a group camping permit. Amenities include two tables and one fire ring. This area is popular with geology and mountain biking groups.

Evidence of several types of mining operations surrounds the campsite. In the 1930s, miners searched for gold, silver and mercury. One miner wrote, "We selected 55 tons. We had a shaft 40' feet deep a mine tunnel into mt. From shaft on vein. 5 tons of pure ore collected $365.-ton. Took out 25 tons, shipped to El Paso."

GPS Coordinates (NAD83):

  • UTM13 Easting:  619055.0093
    UTM Northing:  3259210.6998
  • Longitude DD -103.7722817819
    Latitude DD 29.4566782026
  • Longitude DMS -103 46 20.2144
    Latitude DMS 29 27 24.0415

Access:  Two-wheel drive high clearance natural surface road.

Getting there (all distances and travel times are approximate):

  • Located in the Solitario Backcountry Zone
  • Distance from Sauceda Ranger Station to Solitario Road: 8.5 miles
  • Distance from Solitario Road to campsite: 8.2 miles
  • Driving time from Sauceda Ranger Station: 1 hour 10 minutes

Nearby Trails:

  • #8 Burnt Camp
  • #36 Lower Shutup
  • #52 Right Hand Shutup
  • #57 Solitario Loop.

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