Contrabando Trail Loop For Mountain Biking

The 18th most popular mountain bike trail in Texas.

Southeast of El Paso and east of Presidio in the Big Bend region, the Contrabando Loop is a 23 mile route of singletrack and doubletrack. Located within the Big Bend Ranch State Park, the loop is best ridden counter-clockwise. There are three main trailheads servicing the region: the East Trailhead, the West Trailhead and the Sauceda Ranger Station trailhead.

The 300,000 acre Big Bend Ranch State Park has over 200 miles of doubletrack and singletrack. These route roll through some of the most remote and rugged desert terrain in the Southwest. Overall, the state park encompasses two mountain ranges containing ancient extinct volcanoes, precipitous canyons, and waterfalls.

There are several camping areas within the state park. These primative campgrounds are located at Madera (Monilla) Canyon and at Grassy Banks River Access along FM170. The two group camping areas, Contrabando and Arenosa, have self-composting toilets. The 10 small, designated primitive campgrounds along the gravel park road in the backcountry are accessible to high-clearance vehicles only.

Overall, Contrabando Trail Loop is the 18th most popular mountain bike trail of all 59 mountain biking rides in Texas.

Big Bend Mountain Biking (TX/US)

Big Bend Mountain Biking (TX/US)

Contrabando Trail Loop Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  Big Bend Ranch State Park (432) 358-4444; Texas Tourism (800) 888- 8TEX; Desert Sports, Terlingua (432) 371-2727.

Recommended Book:  "Big Ben Guide" from Allan Kimball

Recommended Map:  "Big Bend National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Oct - Apr.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Monilla Canyon Primative Campground; Grassy Banks Primative Campground

Luxury Loding:  Lajitas Resort, Terlingua (432) 424-5000; Gage Hotel, Marathon (800) 884-4243; Cibolo Creek Ranch, Presidio (915) 229-3737

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  7/8/2016

ID:  12555

Contrabando Trail Loop Mountain Biking Map


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