6 miles
1,134 ft
-1,368 ft
4,634 ft
High Point

Dry Tanks Connector Details

  • Riding area
    Big Bend Ranch
    Terlingua, Texas
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Oct - May
  • Global Ranking

This trail is harsh. It's rocky, steep, dry, and leads to other dry trails miles from nowhere. IT'S PERFECT! At least for self-supported bikepacking or supported by pre-arranged water drops and shuttles. The trail was most likely an Apache hunting trail from centuries ago that was converted to a wagon road by the first settlers. I don't think a motor vehicle has ever attempted the full thing.

Access Info

You have to turn on this trail from the far side of the Tanque Tierra Loop. That means six miles of climbing before you start the self abuse. Don't try to conquer this, just plan a way to survive.



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More Stats for Dry Tanks Connector mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -234 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,157 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,472 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,237 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,315 ft
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Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to dry-tanks-connector trailhead (29.384264, -103.749309)
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