20 miles
895 ft
-1,497 ft
2,692 ft
High Point


  • Riding area
    Big Bend National Park
    Terlingua, Texas
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    September to May
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking

This is an Indian trail that was converted to a wagon road used by early smugglers. The Park lists it as a four-wheel drive route, but it is rarely maintained. I've had to shoulder my bike in a couple of places. There are long sand pits on the River Road. The old Mariscal Mine is about halfway, and makes a great rest stop. There is no water nor cell service on most of this road, so be prepared.

Access Info

This is a "long cut" from the Glen Springs Road. The few times I've done this ride, I had to self-support. This road adds about 13 miles to the Glen Springs ride.


Back Country permit required. Check in at Panther Junction. Frequent washouts and sand pits. Trail rarely maintained.

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More Stats for Black Gap to River Road East Long-Cut mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -602 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,916 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,596 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,994 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to black-gap-to-river-road-east-longcut trailhead (29.175121, -103.156576)
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River Road East to West - Full
51 miles

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