Explore the most popular off road driving trails near 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.

Our favorite short hike in BBNP. Everyone warns of drive there but we come up Old Ore from the south headed north in small SUV and have never had issues getting to trail head. Color and rock formations are amazing. Did the hike 12 years ago with a baby in my backpack carrier, a 5 year old and 6 year old. Did it again several times since, Easy hike and well worth it. Most people stop at the tinaja but with a little bouldering you can go pretty far further. Watch hand placement as always, we did see a gorgeous blacktail rattlesnake on the cliffs while night hiking here. Make sure to stop at Juan's gravesite on the drive in to pay respects. Just north past the trailhead on Old Ore you can follow a dry creek to a small cemetery with about a dozen gravesites not marked on many maps.

off road driving
1 month ago

a good long trail with many scenic vistas... can be done in most vehicles with a little careful driving. we did it in a Jeep but never broke a sweat! just a note... anywhere you see a tree along this route there is water!

easy and fun trail only a few spots of exitement. mostly awesome views of BBNP!!

hiking
2 months ago

Pine Canyon Trail head is at the end of a 6 mile primitive road. The park recommends 4X4 drive, however we made the trek in Desmond out Honda CRV without noticeable damage. The trial is a easy-moderate 4 mile in and out. The first 1.6 miles are in the sun. Beware of flies, their presence is overwhelming at times. This is where you encounter first of many ecosystems. Next the trail come to a moderately wooded area, and slowly becomes more dense. This is where we encountered two black bear cubs, and momma bear. We never made it to the waterfall due to the presence of the bears. Despite the bears, the changing of ecosystems were exhilarating. Great hike!

scenic driving
3 months ago

The road is graded gravel & we saw 3 cars coming out of it, so we took a chance. Besides some birds, we saw no other wildlife. Just the cacti. It was interesting to be among the cacti & be a part of the desert (if you can do that in a car).
After about 5 miles the road got really bad - huge washouts & potholes. A car pulling an RPOD passed us going out. We think they were actually camping back there! The campgrounds were full the night before.

3 months ago

Phenomenal drive, simply beautiful!
2014 F-150 Supercab 4x4 Ecoboost. Michelin LTX 275/65R18 tires. Some interesting climbs and tight cutbacks. I had to activate the e-locker a couple times. My wife got a bit bruised in some of the rough spots.

off road driving
4 months ago

Great day in the Jeep. Nothing too hard but beautiful views

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

The road was a lot of fun to drive in the Jeep, and the views comprised of vast expanses of desert. Really cool.

Hot/exposed at first but leads into a wooded area with lots of shade!

on Old Ore Road

off road driving
4 months ago

Awesome drive

on Old Maverick Road

4 months ago

Easy drive saw a tour bus taking it with no problem.

This was a fun hike for the kids. Lots of big rocks to climb over. Started to get a little warm in the afternoon sun but that is to be expected

on Pine Canyon Trail

5 months ago

Lovely canyon. Green oasis in the desert. Few visitors. Bear present.

off road driving
5 months ago

Beautiful

Loved this off-road trail. Very pretty in February.

off road driving
5 months ago

Such a blast. Easier than I expected for me and my stock Jeep Wrangler. Very scenic, beautiful trail. Only a couple of spots where actual 4wd was necessary. Look for the spot with the old grave sites on the hill! No signs but looks very historic. Overall, my favorite off-road trail at big bend.

off road driving
5 months ago

2012 non lifted 2 Dr with front Aussie locker. Piece of cake nice drive 2.5 hours with short stops for pics. Go to park before May as the temps will be high. May want to bring water and fuel. Had a great spring break 2018! We went North to South.

off road driving
5 months ago

Great scenery during the drive. Didn't stop at any sites on the way, but did stop for some amazing photos. Would definitely do again if I had more time.

Really surprised at the end. The rock formations out shown the water hole in the rocks. Stunning and intriguing.

scenery is great but all day travel one side to other is long.
take plenty of water and food.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike that offers a glimpse into different habitats. If you’re looking for a nice quiet trail with some potential to see wildlife, this might be your ticket. We saw some deer, signs of javelina, and more birds than we could count.

Less traffic than other parts of the park due to challenging road getting there. Fair warning, the road out could be rough or impassable in low clearance vehicles. 4x4 May be required if it rains.

off road driving
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

I walked in from the south as an adventure through the desert. Glad I did; a normal sedan would have a difficult time not ending up with damage. Worth the extra few miles each way really.

Good luck to the dude in the rental mini van I saw headed in.

off road driving
8 months ago

This was a fun and moderate trail! Much more exciting than the River Road which didn't have much more to offer than some sandy parts. I have a 2017 Rubicon with 32" tires and it had no problem at all on this trail. I used the sway bar disconnect for comfort more than anything but I didn't need any lockers. The step is fun but we didn't scrape the bottom or any skid plates.

off road driving
10 months ago

Always check with park rangers before driving Black Gap. 4x4 with high clearance is a must. We did it in a stock JKU, but thank goodness for skid plates! Coming from the south, it's harder to see the one drop-off (pictured).

hiking
11 months ago

Interesting rock formations and terrain. Just my son Matt and I. It was great.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pretty trail. As others have stated, the distance and elevation on here are a bit off, it's closer to 4 miles & 1000' r/t.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

The specs on this were a bit off. The trail header reads 4 miles round trip with 1000' gain.

This was an awesome trail. Starts in the desert and ends in a lush pine area. The road to get to the trailhead is very rough but the waterfall at the end made it so worth it.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

This trail is 4.2 total miles out and back with an elevation around 1000 feet. The trail starts easy with a progressive up hill incline. After about 1.5 miles the trail descends a bit into the wash below then climbs rather steep for about 0.4 miles until you reach the rock wall. The hike through the wash and to the wall is totally in trees and brush. This is definitely a moderate hike based on similar ratings in Big Bend. My mileage represents one direction on record.

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