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KK Z wrote a review Feb 2020
Hamilton, Texas35 contributions10 helpful votes
Very cool place to see. Have been there several times. It's interesting it shows up as something nearby to do in Alpine-NO it's not. IF you are in the park, it is an all day trip.
Date of experience: December 2019
kayziewazie wrote a review Jul 2019
Central Texas74 contributions83 helpful votes
Very hot destination for much of the year but what a cool place! Come in your 4x4 truck/jeep and stop by a Big Bend Visitor Center to pick up the free brochure about Mariscal Mine before you head out. Drive the primitive River Road and explore but don't touch the bricks. Such great ruins and history and wonderful photo opportunities in this area. Take a gallon of water per person and maybe some extra in case you have car trouble out there. Also, check out the NPS website for a quick summary article of Mariscal Mine.…
Date of experience: May 2019
Larry F wrote a review May 2018
10 contributions5 helpful votes
Neat old mine on a great road in the desert. Don't let the posters who say you need 4X4 scare you off. You don't need 4x4. I've done this road numerous times in a 2WD vehicle.
Date of experience: February 2018
2 Helpful votes
tridcod wrote a review Sep 2017
Annandale, New Jersey694 contributions111 helpful votes
We were on a cross country jeep tour with Far Flung which took us down Glenn Springs Road, then followed River Road to Castelon. It absolutely required a high clearance 4X4 to get all the way through River Road. Lots of arroyos, and washouts from the recent monsoon. Many rocks in the road and the road was often just "gone." About halfway along the 9 hour drive we stopped to see the Mariscal Mine and have lunch. As mentioned, NO restrooms, NO water, No shade, just some adobe ruins, a rusting Chevrolet, and cacti! The mine is a long uphill hike from the parking area so take water! The remaining buildings are just the smelter, but it is impressive. As folks have said, the mine tailings and adobe bricks are contaminated with mercury, so don't touch or climb! The west end of River Road is very rough and impassible unless you are in a range capable vehicle. We even ended up going up a dead-end wadi since it looked more like the road than the road. An adventure. Thanks to Far Flung for getting us out to this REMOTE site.…
Date of experience: September 2017
Candi W wrote a review Apr 2017
12 contributions2 helpful votes
You probably know you have to have 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle but this piece of history is well worth the drive. This is my happy place and always will be! BBNP is awesome and has something for everyone!
Date of experience: March 2017