Old Maverick OHV Route is a 12.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Terlingua, Texas that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and ohv/off road driving and is accessible year-round.

Length12.6 miElevation gain193 ftRoute typePoint to point
Mountain bikingOHV/Off-road drivingViewsRockyHistoric siteFeeNo dogs
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Big Bend National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. An improved gravel road in the Big Bend National Park. The north end starts just inside the west entrance of the Park, and ends at Santa Elena Canyon on the Rio Grande River.

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Becky Brenner
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Hiking

We saw one other pair of hikers on our excursion. Almost anyone can walk this trail at the beginning as it follows the dry creek bed up a gentle slope through wildflowers and desert landscape, but it gets rocky and slippery from gravel later on. There are with two places where you might turn back rather than scramble up boulders or follow and unmaintained foot path up a slippery slope. If you make it to the end, you’re rewarded with a great view to the north. Cool desert plants and animals, with several different rock formations for the geology buffs (including, I am reliably informed, the oldest rocks in Big Bend. Almost no shade once you leave the lower draw. Take lots of water. No cell service (true of much of the park). This could be important because the rangers don’t keep tabs on hikers and almost no one cones here. I twisted my ankle (not too badly) near the end and was lucky to be able to walk back down the hardest parts with help from my buddy and my hiking pole.

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Lawrence Marola
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OHV/Off-road drivingNo shadeRockyWashed out

Washboard road never maintained. Leave this drive for those that like wash boarding. Save your vehicle and skip this boring, rocky, washboard with absolutely no scenic value.

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Brittany Naylor
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OHV/Off-road drivingRocky

We did this trail in our off-road 4Runner with great suspension and aired down tires and the road was bumpy but fun. Amazing views and saves quite a lot of time as a short cut to Santa Elena. Watch out for washes though. You don’t want to hit those going 30+MPH.

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Amanda Machleit
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Mountain bikingNo shadeRockyWashed out

Mountain biked to cut through to our car at maxwell scenic hwy. Very Chalky and rocky. Boring. Washboard nightmare. Not fun. No shade.

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Derek Wagner
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HikingGreat!

Nice fun driving road. The best direction to drive this road is from the park entrance Station towards Santa Elena Canyon. The scenery is better....otherwise you are driving away from the canyon and it is less visually appealing. Keep in mind, this road washboard....so consider that you will likely drive slower than expected.

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Troy Martin
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!Rocky

Great road for high speed driving in the appropriate vehicle. I drove my stock 2019 Ford Raptor and was able to hit 80+ more than a few times.

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Kenneth Trees
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Scenic drivingWashed out

This is not an improved road. This road sucks. The speed limit sign is 25. You're lucky if you can drive 10. It's a shortcut to Santa Elena Canyon but if you want to save you're front end and tires, take the long paved route.

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Kenneth Trees
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OHV/Off-road drivingRocky

This is a rough ride to drive. We used this road as a short cut to Santa Elena Canyon. It cuts off many miles

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Zach Mathias
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Hiking

take paved scenic route instead. no 4x4 necessary

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James Patrick
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Can you drive these trails via UTV

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David Platt
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Hiking

This is an improved dirt and gravel road; not an OHV route. In wet conditions you may want something tougher, but in dry conditions this road was fine with a low clearance 2WD sedan (though admittedly a medium clearance SUV would had been more enjoyable). Scenery was pretty but nothing extraordinary compared to the rest of the park.

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Jacob D
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Cool road across the desert. Washboards are pretty rough in a 3/4 ton. Keep your speed up and it's not as bad. Camped at Rattlesnake Mountain, primitive so only a bear box.

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Rachal RoessBoss
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HikingRocky

Rougher than what i remember.

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Austin Todd
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Scenic driving

4wd not even needed when trail is dry. 2wd trucks and SUVs would do just find. some dry creek bed crossing and a few sandy spots that have been packed down.. but if it's rain and the trail is muddy, dont try with 2wd and street tires..

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Amy Dickens
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OHV/Off-road drivingNo shadeRocky

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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Javy Rodriguez
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OHV/Off-road driving

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.

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Steven Benson
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OHV/Off-road driving

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.

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Stephen Loewen
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Bumpy, but great shortcut to Santa Elena. Nice sighting of a primitive structure along the way.

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Matthew Janis
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OHV/Off-road driving

Great drive. Had a Bobcat cross the road right in front of me. Washboardy most of the time. End of December I believe most cars could take this road if you weren’t low low. Wish it was worse so I could use my 4x4. Luna Jacal’s house was a nice pit stop to view.

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Greg Collins
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Mountain biking

Great gravel road with very nice desert sights and sounds, go early morning, 104 in late April

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Vanessa McKnight
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Enjoyed the drive.

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Jack Tatsch
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Scenic driving

Drove this trail again in Oct 2015. I had read about an unknown grave about 1 mile north of Luna's. I found it, and found out there is another grave on the mesa next to the one by the road to the west. There is also a ruin around behind the hill to the east of the grave. An easy way to find these is the stop where the power line crosses the road. The roadside grave is about 200 feet south of the power line crossing on the west side.

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Richard Lannen
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Incredible views and the washes are only bad if you're improperly prepared or are one of those people trying to take your Lamborghini on the trail!

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Jack Tatsch
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OHV/Off-road driving
First to Review

Some of the washes can become pretty rough after a rain. Luna's Jacal (home) is an interesting place. He raised a large family there in the first half of the 1900's

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