Contrabando Trail

4.67 out of 5
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↑ 800 ft
↓ 500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Start at the East trailhead and take the singletrack trail from the west side of the lot. It will intersect a jeep road, from which you may ride other singletrack spurs until you get to the Dome trail. Take the Dome for a very challenging ride (climbing and exposure), or the inner \"white\" loop (which is only rated advanced). Both end at the west trailhead: you may loop back on a hilly 7.7 miles on Hwy 170 along the Rio Grande, or turn around at the Dome turn-off and ride the jeep road back. Take LOTS OF WATER, tubes and a GPS unit if you have one. The hostile terrain, heat and mountain lions make this a good ride to do with a friend. Start early in the day; even in April it can hit 100 in the early afternoon. Check at Desert Sports for full details, guides and rentals.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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  Raul Salazar   on Feb 22, 2019
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  Stevectx   on May 18, 2018
  Emily J Ward   on Mar 5, 2018
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Reviews (7)

Granny Gear

December 22, 2016
Review: had some fast kids to ride with a fun place to ride

Granny Gear

December 13, 2016
Chas Gold Granny Gear  
Review: Extremely fun and versatile trail, but trust the park staff when they say bring two spares. Wilderness mountain biking at its best in the hard desert landscape with challenging climbs and a fair amount of technical descents.

July 25, 2016
Review: Great place to ride have a pick up vehicle

Bunny Hop

March 30, 2016
macdo159 Bunny Hop  
Review: This trail is a blast! it is the perfect combination of technical and flowy singletrack. You can make the trail ~15 miles or up to ~25 miles depending on the route you take. The park rangers do a great job maintaining this trail system! I cant belive this trail is not higher on the top trail in TX list. In my opinion the trail systems out in Big Bend are the best in TX (me coming from Austin).

If you go, bring lots of water!!


August 2, 2015
J-Dogg Gramcounter  
Review: Best desert riding in TX. Take Waterhole to the Dome loop and add Fresno Divide for some technical and great downhill. Remember water and snacks, could be a long day.

Similar Trail: Lajitas


June 16, 2015
scube54 Gramcounter  
Review: This is a fun trail. I rode it with friends in late February and early March. We rode from our campsite in BB State Park. There are a few small climbs, nothing too serious. Beautiful scenery and well marked trail. There is a fun 2-3 mile descent at end of ride.


April 18, 2015
Review: Lots of mix between single track and some jeep trails. It would be pretty much an easy if it wasn't for the climbs. Beautiful scenery. It was a fun trail. It can get very hot in the summer.

Contrabando Trail MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.
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