2 miles
314 ft
-43 ft
3,938 ft
High Point


  • Riding area
    Big Bend National Park
    Terlingua, Texas
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    September to May
  • Family Friendly
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking

Pay attention to this road. Not for the difficulty, but all the distractions of the area. Stop where the trail is marked, secure your bikes, then hike about 1.5 miles south to Cattail Falls, a literal hidden oasis.

Although marked on some maps, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HIKE THE OAK SPRINGS TRAIL. You can go a short distance for view, but this trail is known for rockfalls and loose scree. There are many injuries on this trail. I'd only consider doing this trail if I were an Apache being chased by the buffalo soldiers camps up Fresno Canyon (in the Big Bend State Park).

When done at Cattail Falls, the downhill ride is quick to the bottom.

Access Info

Back Country permit required. Check in at Panther Junction.


The only legal mountain biking in the National Park is on four-wheel-drive roads. Don't leave the road!

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More Stats for Oak Springs - Cattail Falls. mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    272 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,653 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,653 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,924 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1,067 ft
  • Distance flat
    678 ft
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to oak-springs-cattail-falls trailhead (29.279698, -103.368476)
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