Known as a premier bicycling location, Big Bend National Park offers a variety of bicycling paths, from roads to terrain. There are over 100 miles of paved roads and 160 miles of backcountry dirt roads, there is something for every guest.

Bicycling is not allowed off-road or on trails. Bicycling is to be done on roads within Big Bend National Park.

Safety Tips:

  • Check current weather and road conditions before riding
  • Temperatures are high and can be dangerous from May to September
  • Obey the traffic laws of the area and share the road with vehicles
  • Wear bright and protective gear when bicycling

Bike Rides at Big Bend

Bike Ride Difficulty Distance Notes
Old Maverick Road Easy 13 miles unpaved Features: Cross the finish line for breathtaking views at the Santa Elena Canyon
Dagger Flat Auto Trail Easy 18 miles unpaved Features: See the abundant plant life of Big Bend
Panther Junction to Rio Grande Easy 20 miles paved

Features: A mostly downhill bike ride dropping 1,900 feet (about 579.12 m) in elevation throughout the course. Enjoy the views of the Sierras del Carmen and the Rio Grande.

Shuttle can meet bikers at Rio Grande Village or Hot Springs

Grapevine Hills Road Moderate 15 miles unpaved Features: Ride past geologic wonders of Big Bend
Paint Gap Road Moderate 15 miles unpaved Features: Ride through rocky and sandy terrain
Panther Junction to Rio Grande via Glenn Springs Road Moderate 10 miles paved; 25 miles unpaved

Features: Follow along the Chisos Mountains as you ride into desert springs

Shuttle can meet bikers at Rio Grande Village

Panther Junction to Chisos Basin Strenuous 20 miles paved  
Old Ore Road Strenuous 26 miles unpaved

Features: Enjoy the magnificent views of the Chisos Mountains through rough and rocky terrain

Trip is best taken from north to south

Panther Junction to Castolon via the Ross Maxwell Strenuous 35 miles paved Features: Enjoy the scenic terrain of the park as you pass through the Chisos Mountains and other historical sites. The elevation gain is 1,580 feet (about 481.58 m) throughout the course.