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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +230/ -164 ft
Total: 31 riders

Mountain Biking Contrabando Trail

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#56 of 277 mountain bike trails in Texas
#1,871 in the world

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.

First added by NoTrace on Apr 20, 2008. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
The East trailhead is just across the road from the Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center in Lajitas. The West trailhead is 7.7 miles west on 170.
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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    Really had fun on this trail. A good mix of flowy and technically challenging stretches. Fun to learn the history of the area.

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  • Gene Ficker

    had some fast kids to ride with a fun place to ride

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  • Chas Gold

    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.

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  • macdo159

    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!!

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  • J-Dogg   ✓ supporter

    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.

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  • scube54

    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.

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  • Ronnie Collins

    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.

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