Explore the most popular Off Road Driving trails in Big Bend National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
3 days ago

08’ Range Rover Sport: Good warmup trail and great view at the end, but I would rate it Moderate once you get to the “gap”. It gets pretty narrow and rocky but I made it out scratch-free.

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rocky
13 days ago

After reading reviews we used this trail as a short cut from Santa Elena Canyon to Terlingua. It was great and saved us about 45 minutes. We were in a 4 Runner with 4WD. We took the entire road in 4 high however, we didn’t really need it. At the time of our drive this trail was more like a gravel road. The low areas were still flat and easily traveled. As conditions change I would still recommend 4WD to travel this trail.

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rocky
2 months ago

off road driving
2 months ago

Awesome and my favorite off road trail in the park! 2 spots where it's an uphill rock climb, but can be done in 2WD. Took about 1.5 hrs in a Raptor stopping along the way, but any truck can easily make it.

off road driving
2 months ago

Short cut from Terlingua to Santa Elena Canyon. Rocky and dusty with wash-outs, so definitely don't do if it's rained w/o 4x4.

off road driving
2 months ago

Desolate area passing maybe 8 vehicles from West to East in about 3.5 hr drive. Did this is a Raptor, but saw average Pathfinder and Explorer. It's fairly easy, just rocky on the West since less traveled, but sure as hell wouldn't Minivan it! Props to those soccer dads/moms that made it through

off road driving
2 months ago

Fun drive in souped up Wrangler. 1 narrow spot mid-way on the side of a mountain, but otherwise just wash outs and small whoops here and there. Did this N to S, but would recommend opposite.

off road driving
3 months ago

Loop Camp 2 to Black Gap Road via River Road, to Glenn Springs, back to River Road via Glenn Springs Road. The gap on Black Gap was traversed both ways, and there were stops at various places including Solis and the mercury mine. Overlapping previously traveled portion of River Road where River Road and Black Gap road intersect. Final destination back at camp. All done in 2wd except the Gap, done in 4Lo.

off road driving
4 months ago

This drive is worth it when the Yucca's are in bloom. At the end of the trail the landscape is full of them with their giant white flowers.

off road driving
5 months ago

We drove the east and west river road. We entered on the east end and drove west to Rio Grande Village. The drive was 53.3 miles according to my Magellan GPS. We stopped three times and our time was 5 hours. Vehicle: 1998 Chevrolet Tracker, stock height, 225/75/15 tires, approx. 8" of clearance at transfer case. I scraped bottom one time because I let a tire slip down a rut. Used 4wd twice, once up a loose rock incline(could have made it in 2wd, shifted into 4wd to keep rear tires from getting cut as they were slipping a little), and once I moved over to allow a motorcycle to pass and I got stuck in sand. A couple of the wash outs were steep and deep enough to give a long wheel base some off road activity. We saw 7 other assorted 4 wheeled vehicles(Jeep, 4runner, Tacoma, full size Chevy, full size Dodge, full size Ford), and I lost count on motorcycles, more than 7. Although there were no challenges on this road, I enjoyed it immensely because I enjoy any dirt road!

off road driving
5 months ago

We entered this road at Glenn Springs and only drove the northern part out to the highway. This was a maintained dirt road and we traveled all of it in 2 wheel high with an average moving speed of 16 mph. The closer you are to the highway the better the road's condition. There were stretches we drove 30 mph. Distance was 9 miles and moving time 34 minutes. Maximum elevation was 3452 feet. Driving north our ascent was 1129 and descent 531 feet.

off road driving
5 months ago

This trail was maintained and, except when muddy at creek crossings and a few other areas, doesn't require a 4x4. A little rain the road will be a huge mud pit! We had four Border Patrol vehciles pass by going in the opposite direction. The last was a van containing illegals caught nearby. The road had foot prints along most of it. The footprints were also found in the creek beds and other clay soils along the road. There's a lot of foot traffic on this road, and I don't think its tourists hiking! I'd suggest you take precautions and be alert when driving along this road. Our February trips was a huge bonus with all the flowers in bloom. Plus scenic views are so much better when seen from this less traveled path. Distance was 22.8 miles, average moving speed 16 mph and moving time 1 hour 25 minutes. Maximum elevation is 2398 feet. Traveling east to west the ascent was 1080 feet and the descent was 756 feet.

off road driving
5 months ago

This is the only unmaintained 4x4 road I would say truly meets my difination of a 4x4 trail. You will use your low range on this road! We drove it from south to north. After passing the Elephant Tusk camp ground the road got more challenging. There were two wet creek crossings. A 3 foot ledge. Plenty of ruts and rocks. All together this was a very enjoyable drive. Plus the view was spectacular and we had the added bouns of all the blooming flowers along the way. Average speed was 8.6 mph and moving travel time was one hour. Distance 8.5 miles. Driving south to north the accent was 694 feet and decent 427 feet. Maximum elavation was 2698 feet. The trail ends at Glen Springs, and for us, it was a wet crossing, too. You turn right out of the springs and drive up to meet the Glenn Springs Road.

off road driving
5 months ago

This is written for persons interested in off-road driving. Started from the north end around noon and the drive lasted for nearly 4 hours. This is definately a 4x4, high clearance, road - no exceptions. The start and finish were both pretty easy, it's the middle 20 miles that are technical. This is NOT a trip to take during or after rain. Many creek crossings and lots of evidence of deep mud in places along the trail. We saw an abandoned pick-up in a deep canyon and the ruins of a stone building. No signs of wildlife and very little signs of people. Saw only 3 other vehicles on this trip. In the southern third of the road you'll come across the grave of Juan DeLeon. This was not marked on any maps I had viewed, so you'll need to look for it. There's a pull out on the opposite side of the trail. Drove 26.6 miles, 2 hours 23 minutes, average speed 11 mph. Highest elevation is 3231 feet. Ascent was 1636 feet and descent was 2687 feet driving north to south. Plan on a half day drive with scenic and rest stops.

off road driving
5 months ago

This is written for persons interested in off-road driving. This is a 4 mile, true desert road. The drive gets rough after passing a gap in the hills. There's the reward of seeing the ruins of a ranch at the end of the trail. If you see whitewash on the cliffs, it's vulture scat from a large colony of birds. I completed this trail right after doing Grapevine, they are very close together, this is the one to do! Distance 4.6 miles

off road driving
5 months ago

This is written for persons interested in off-road driving. The is a must do trail and ideal for your orientation to Big Bend National Park. At the end of the trail you should go to the observation and then the hiking trail to the Santa Elena Canyon Along the trail stop to visit Luna's Jacal and read up on this remarkable man. Detour onto the Terlingua Abaja trail to visit the ruins of a farming commuity. Most of the ruins are on the opposite side of the Terlingua Creek. The drive itself is nothing special. My experience was particually jarring because most of the road was covered in washboard washouts. Distance 12.6 miles.

off road driving
7 months ago

it was super muddy and loooong.

Our forester has no problems!

off road driving
7 months ago

Beautiful scenery! We were able to get our Badge of Honor (mobile app for Jeeps) fun trail but only one obstacle.

off road driving
8 months ago

Black Gap has some definite pucker spots but doable if you take it slow. I ran the trail in my 2017 Jeep Wrangler JKU Rubicon with no issues to get the Jeep Badge of Honor. Follow IG @dirtydeeds_jku

on Black Gap OHV Trail

off road driving
8 months ago

Road as passenger in a Jeep Rubicon. Knarly road but well worth the time to drive.

on Paint Gap Road

off road driving
8 months ago

Tight road, rocky but easy to navigate.

This was a fun off road trail. If you are planning on camping back here start early as the drive is quite lengthy. We stayed overnight on Talley right off the river. The long drive was well worth it but if you plan to drive all the way down Talley to the Rio Grande I would recommend having a four wheel drive vehicle with high clearance. there were a couple deep obstacles that I wasn't sure our truck would make it over. A nice jeep would have no problem. We were very secluded the entire time only passing a few other vehicles the entire drive.

off road driving
8 months ago

Took the auto trail to dagger flat. You drive about 15-20 miles and turn around to go back the same way. No traffic this trip so never had to move over for passing vehicles. I would not pull a trailer back there. I was in a 4wd GMC crew cab but never left 2 wheel drive. It was bone dry. As I neared the mountain at the back the temp dropped and dark clouds appeared overhead. Conditions can change in a flash. Spotty 3g cell service on this trail. It was enjoyable.

off road driving
9 months ago

We did this trail in February, 2018. It was a blast. Traveled from the south to the north; the big step was a descent. There was a marshy section near a spring @ the end. When you clear this look hard right for a hill to get off of the trail. Completed in a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.

Great fun and actually needed 4 low on two occasions. Beautiful sights.

off road driving
10 months ago

Easy trail.

Nice to drift

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