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Big Bend Ranch State Park Trails


category : Hiking
Big Bend Ranch State Park Trails Fifty miles of hiking and backpacking trails in Big Bend Ranch State Park are accessible at trail heads along FM 170, and opportunities for short hikes abound at several locations along the interior park road.

Day-Hiking - Several short trails are ideal for day-hikes are available. Rancherias Canyon (9.8 miles round-trip) and Closed Canyon (1.4 miles round-trip) trails are accessible from FM 170, near the Rancherias Loop trail head. Three short hiking trails are located off the gravel park road in the backcountry, leading to Ojito Adentro, Cinco Tinajas, and a short Sauceda Nature Trail. The Encino Mountain Bike/Hiking Trail (7.5 miles) and Horsetrap Mountain Bike/Hiking Trail (5 miles) offer a slightly longer hike in the interior.

Backpacking - The 19-mile Rancherias Loop Trail is available for serious backpackers. Trail heads are located at both ends of the loop trail along FM 170, near the Colorado Canyon River Access. Contrabando Multi-use Trail is an easy to moderate 19 mile trail system. Trailheads are located at both ends of the loop trail with the east-end located across from The Warnock Center. Campsites are designated, water must be carried, and all wastes must be carried out.


Admission: Park Permit Required
Hours: Open Year Round
Address: 4 miles east of Presidio on FM 170
Phone: 432-229-3416
Our Website:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/bigbend

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Big Bend Ranch State Park Trails

Fifty miles of hiking and backpacking trails in Big Bend Ranch State Park are accessible at trail heads along FM 170, and opportunities for short hikes abound at several locations along the interior park road. Day-Hiking

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Big Bend Ranch State Park Equine Trails

Daily/Hourly horseback rides are offered at the Sauceda Ranch Headquarters with Park staff guiding visitors through some of park's canyon trails. For information and reservations please call office (432)229-3416

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Camping Areas are located at Colorado Canyon, Madera (Monilla) Canyon and at Grassy Banks River Access along FM 170. Two group camping areas, Contrabando and Arenosa, have self-composting toilets. 11

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