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Big Bend National Park

Average Rating:    (4.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

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Latitude
29.305561325527698
Longitude
-103.271484375
Trail Directions
By all means buy a map. This part of Texas is no place to be driving around in without one. Hablas espanol? Might help in certain areas.
Trail Length
undocumented
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Chisos Basin/ Terlingua
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Review Date
April 22, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a review of some of the trails in the Big Bend National Park.

There are NO single track MB trails in the Park. There are 200+ miles of jeep trail/4 WD trails. They vary in grade and conditions with some rugged sections but no extreme grades or elevation gains.

95% of riding in park is intermediate.

Drive the roads and survey and select sections you would like to ride.

Old Maverick Road: is washboard 100% of its length. No bueno.

Old Ore Road: is a good rugged jeep trail. drive it and pick a section you would like to ride or ride the whole 20+ miles from T/O near Rio Grande Village to Dagger Flat Raod. Return on pavement about 20+ miles. You can coast on pavement from Panther Junction all the way back to start. Intermediate aerobically and technically. 1000' gain.

Pine Canyon: is a steady slow 2-3% grade on jeep trail. If you start at hwy. at Glenn Spring T/O you can ride 6 mi. and 1000' elevation gain to end at P/L at Pine Canyon. You could also drive along Glenn Springs Rd. in 2 miles to Pine Canyon Trail T/O and ride 4.1 miles and 600' gain. Excellent views of southside Chisos Mtns. and Boquillas Canyon Seirra Del Carmens.

Grapevine Hills Road: not too interesting or challenging.

River Road East: some ruff sections but no large elevation gain. Survey and ride sections or there are:

2 loops starting at RR East T/O near Rio Grande Village:

1) combining RR East with Glenn Springs: 24 mi on jeep track with a 15 mile coast back on pavement. Intermediate. 1000' gain.

2). combining RR East to Mariscal Mine to Black Gap Road to Glenn Springs. 37 miles on jeep track and coast back 15 miles on pavement to start. Intermediate. 1000' gain.

WATER-WATER-WATER

there is no ranger patrol. yu are on you own.

Solitude and scenery trumps technical biking challenges.




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Review Date
August 13, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Josh , from Dallas

Summary:
Should've included the race website so folks can find it. Its the spring race series of the texas mountain biking race schedule, see www.tmbra.org

Recommended Route:
LAJITAS RACE



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Review Date
July 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Josh , from Dallas

Summary:
First of all I would say that words cannot express how great this area is. Every year I go down for the lajitas race where they have 1. marked trails, 2. sags for the ride (at least for sport and expert.) Even if you don't race or hate racers, Lajitas is a must for you because everything is marked and open once a year. Also, this way there is at least someone else around in the wild chance you get lost. Also, the lajitas race trails are not open during the rest of the year and there is some awesome fun single-track that is not to miss on the race course. The race includes time trials (featuring this bad to the bone single track 5-10 mile loop that carves its way UP a barren creek runoff over some intense desert hills and would be the subject of rave reviews alone if more people knew about it), expert riders, trials competitions with all sorts of props, MAJOR company support vehicles (all sorts of bike companies-- 2 years back I rode the new klein adept around for a test out in the desert.) The whole thing is like this biking carnival mecca atmosphere. There's even a mexican food spot right in lajitas where everyone finishes their race. For the past 4 years I have gone every year and last year I didn't get the chance to race but still made it out to ride on all the sections of the course, which by the way climb this amazing peak on top of which you can see the entire topographical profile of the National Park and vistas unimaginable. I tried to convince my wife of the overwhelming awesomeness of this place for 2 years before she finally followed my begging for her to come and her reaction once she got out here and rode around on some of the trails/hiked around in the national park was that there were no amount of words I could have used to establish just how amazing Big Bend is. Getting her there was like pulling teeth and she was majorly unhappy about going, but once we got there it was a WHOLE OTHER STORY. We always camp in the Basin, which is a ring of mountains vaulted straight out of the desert floor that forms a basin in the middle where they have stuck a campground. We try to hike (couldn't do all the hikes if you had a week) as much as possible to see all we can and then drive down to Lajitas to hit the time-trials trail and cover some of the course. The biking ranges from open dirt roads to intense adventure cross country that cannot be found elsewhere. Last year, I brought my wife and another 2 couples along (extremely novice to intermediate riders) and they enjoyed it immensely. I simply LOVE this place, it is mountain biking heaven. In the end, just check it out- don't take my word for it.

Recommended Route:
LAJITAS RACE IS EASIEST FOR FIRST TIME!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There is some other biking in the park which I will try next year when I go, because after visiting Big Bend for several years in a row.. there's a whole other side apparently that I haven't seen. If you get the chance make an effort to find March 2002 issue of Texas Monthly----Every last detail of what you might need to know and what hardly anybody ever finds out about Big Bend. Ten stars out of five, in my opinion, because there is a national park to see on top of all the biking available.



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Review Date
April 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Please Select

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Reviewed by: jordan , from austin

Summary:
dont ever go here



Comments
gotdurt (06/24/2011)
LOL, that's convincing...
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Review Date
April 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Laura , from Dallas

Summary:
Absolutely beautiful countryside with no one for miles, including the park rangers. Bring plenty of your own water - it is a true desert area. No cel phone service obviously... we found it was best to arrange for a drop off and/ or leave a car at the finish point.

Recommended Route:
Definately bring a map or buy one from one of the ranger station/ gift shops.



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