|1/2 - 1/10||Intermediate||18+||San Marcos or San Antonio|
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This is your chance to experience the best of what the Texas outdoors has to offer! Mountain bike and paddle through through one of the most remote and fascinating places in North America. The Mountain biking is EPIC and world class! With over 200 miles of biking trails for all skill levels and abilities Big Bend has been described as “a pure paradise for mountain bikers who like remote areas…” The paddling will take us on a multi-day river trip through steep canyons and around sweeping river banks to places only accessible via the river as we straddle the Texas- Mexico border along the Rio Grande.
Don’t worry we have time to check out the local culture and spend the afternoon soaking in the hot springs! Terlingua and Ghost Town will almost certainly give you a fun story to tell your friends. It does not get much more Texan than hanging out on the front porch of the Terlingua Trading Post or relaxing in the natural hot springs along the banks of the Rio Grande. We promise you will not be disappointed by this eclectic little town!
This EPIC adventure is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who likes to explore off the beaten path destinations.
About the Trip
The United Nations has recognized Big Bend as an International Biosphere Reserve due to the opportunities the area holds for research and environmental monitoring. Big Bend is also the largest of only 12 International Dark-Sky Parks in the United States and is one of only ten places on the planet certified for dark-sky stargazing. In addition, the nighttime skies have been measured as the darkest in the lower 48 United States.
The Mountain Biking
The mountain biking is world class! Big Bend has earned the “EPIC” designation”, (fewer than 50 rides in the U.S. and Canada have earned the EPIC designation,) by the IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) and hosts the only sanctioned event in Texas. The trip will include the Lajitas trails outer loop which spans 14 miles and gives a great introduction to the area’s trails, the Dome loop from the Contrabando Trailhead that has memorable vistas and a distance of 19.2 miles with great climbing and swift descents, and the Fresno-Saucedo Loop which has been designated as an IMBA EPIC since it’s a 59 mile trek through the desert! This fun two wheeled adventure will be one of the most rewarding times spent in the saddle.
Camping along the banks of the Rio Grande River below towering canyons is certain to be a memory that will last long after the trip ends. With Texas on the left riverbank and Mexico on the right, recapping the trip’s adventures around a campfire under the millions of stars will certainly be a highlight. Don’t worry! This section of the border is highly patrolled and safe from anything you may have heard on the news. Safety is our number one concern and we would never travel anywhere that we felt was unsafe. With over 100 miles of navigable river and five canyons to choose from, we rely on our friends who live in the area to help us choose the best section of river based on river conditions. Wild livestock, hawks, falcons, and dozens of critters are likely to be spotted as we explore the waters of the Rio Grande. Waking on a sandy riverbank to the sound of the rushing river while wondering what lies beyond the next bend in the river is what adventure is all about.
Terlingua & Ghost Town
After the river trip we will take some time to relax and explore the local area around Terlingua. This area of Texas was once home to the Comanche Indians. Here they discovered Cinnabar, the bright red ore of mercury, could be used to create war paint and by the mid- 1800’s began using it to trade with the English settlers who wanted it for the mercury. By the turn of the century this area was flooded with prospectors and the once sparsely populated desert grew to a population of more than 2000. Following the end of WWII the demand for mercury fell and the area was abandoned. Today all that remains of Ghost Town is a Boot Hill cemetery, abandoned adobe style structures, and less than 200 residents just up the road in Terlingua. Regarded by many as one of the most famous ghost towns, this area always leaves people in awe.
What is included
We provide round trip transportation from San Marcos and San Antonio via a 15 passenger van and trailer to Big Bend. In addition, we provide any and all shuttles required as part of the logistics of the trip.
We provide most meals and snacks once we arrive in Big Bend. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided daily with snacks in between. Participants are responsible for any snacks, or food they want while traveling on the first and last day. In addition, anytime we stop at a restaurant, EPIC Adventures will not be responsible for that meal. We will eat at a local restaurant on the day we explore Terlingua.
- Breakfast example: Oatmeal, bars, pancakes, cereal, granola, eggs, bacon, & sausage.
- Lunch Example: Sandwiches, cheese & crackers, & granola bars.
- Dinner Examples: Pasta, pita pizza, quesadillas, tacos, hamburgers, & grilled chicken. Snack Examples: Trail mix, bars, crackers, pretzels.
We will provide tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, stoves, cookware, dishes, and tarps. Participants are free to bring their own gear but there is no discount.
We will provide all of the equipment needed for the paddling portion of the trip. We include the PFD, paddle, dry bags, and watercraft needed to complete the river trip. Participants are free to bring their own boat but there is no discount.
Price does not include a mountain bike but a front suspension mountain bike can be rented for an additional charge of $150. The bike rental also includes a helmet.