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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Terlingua's name origin has been lost to time, but is thought to be a corruption of "tres linguas" or "three tongues", or as I believe, comes from "latis linguas" meaning "crossing tongues", which describes the shifting sandbars where Terlingua Creek and Santa Elena Canyon meet. This is a prehistoric crossing for both man and beast. The area is pure Chihuahuan Desert - cactus and thorn scrub with Lechuguilla being the indicator plant known for eating shins and bike tires. Riding is varied, with limestone, volcanics, and sand being the main surfaces. Nothing is soft here; everything either sticks, stings, or stinks. Summers are brutal, but the barren rock illuminates under moonlight for a desert adventure few know. Winters are mild, but the weather can change on you without warning. Doubletrack roads created by mule-drawn wagons go for miles, and beckon with unexplored hills and canyons. Singletrack trails can be found near Lajitas and on the State Park, crumbling doubletracks criss-cross the Terlingua Ranch (roads are open, the land is private), and National Park unmaintained roads round out whatever riding challenges you are up for. Don't forget to pack plenty of water and spare tubes with patches. Tubeless tire setups are highly recommended.
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #698
      State Ranking
      #6
      Trails
      56
      Total Distance
      360 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      179 miles
      Total Descent
      30,379 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      5,508 ft
      Total Vertical
      3,663 ft
      Reports
      3
      Photos
      10
      Ridden Counter
      299
      Sub Regions

      Photos of Terlingua Mountain Bike

      trail: Sawmill Loop
      34 |
      Sep 21, 2017 @ 7:42am
      Sep 21, 2017
      Sawmill Loop, Terlingua
      trail: Sawmill Loop
      35 |
      Sep 21, 2017 @ 7:41am
      Sep 21, 2017
      Sawmill Loop, Terlingua
      139 |
      Mar 13, 2016 @ 10:20pm
      Mar 13, 2016
      Camino Viejo Trail, Houston
      trail: Loop 4
      165 |
      Dec 30, 2015 @ 5:26pm
      Dec 30, 2015
      Loop 4, Terlingua
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      Terlingua Mountain Bike Routes

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      River Road East to West - Full
      51 miles
      Fresno-Sauceda Loop (IMBA Epic)
      57 miles

      Recent Comments

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      user #1537571JiriHajektrailHorse TrapThis trail is much better ridden in opposite...
      May 24, 2018 @ 10:23pm
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      user #1401942GeochemistrytrailSawmill LoopDon't know why, but the 3D virtual ride...
      Sep 24, 2017 @ 11:20am
      Sep 24, 2017
      user #1121739LarsacustrailEast Cedar Springs to Bee CanyonReversed the GPS track per this comment
      Sep 19, 2017 @ 11:54am
      Sep 19, 2017
      user #1401942GeochemistrytrailEast Cedar Springs to Bee CanyonNOTE - The track plots backwards. The start...
      Sep 19, 2017 @ 3:29am
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      Recent Activity

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