South Leyva is the ideal campground for large groups and late arrivals. It is located just a mile from the visitor’s center on the main road and about a quarter mile up the access road. Individual campsites are arranged along the base of a ridge line which offers some shelter from west winds. A primitive toilet is centrally located.
The view from the tent sites seem unremarkable, but a short climb to the top of the ridge reveals excellent views of the surrounding terrain. The easiest and safest way up is along a path that lies between sites #6 and #7. From the top you can see the historic Sauceda Ranch complex to the west. To the northwest, La Mota Mountain rises above its surroundings - a splendid sight at sunrise. On a clear day you can see south to the Sierra Ricca Mountains in Mexico and west to the Bofecillos Mountains that lie in the center of the park. The campground also offers easy access to the Leyva Canyon drainages — these areas are great for exploratory hiking.
Nature photographers will find the top of this ridge richly rewarding both in the morning and the evening.
GPS Coordinates (NAD83):
- UTM13 Easting: 602342.1975
UTM Northing: 3261255.4922
- Longitude DD -103.9444101504
Latitude DD 29.4766078461
- Longitude DMS -103 56 39.8765
Latitude DMS 29 28 35.7882
Getting there (all distances and travel times are approximate):
- Located in the Leyva Front Country Zone at an elevation of 4194 feet.
- From the Sauceda Ranger Station, travel east on Camino a la Sauceda 1 mile.
- At South Leyva Road, go 0.3 miles to the campsite.