Rio Grande River Trail

Comstock, Texas

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The canyon views and the tremendous history of this spot (well told through park exhibits and guided tours of pictograph sites) are better reasons to visit Seminole Canyon State Park than mountain biking is, but since you’re here, you might as well ride. The Rio Grande River Trail is a pleasant enough stroll across a rugged West Texas landscape from the park road to the point where Seminole Canyon opens up into the Rio Grande at the Amistad Reservoir. Though the ride here is not as spectacular as in some of the other state parks, the simple crossing of this land takes on an entirely new significance after browsing the historical exhibit at the park’s interpretive center and taking a tour through the pictograph sites. The history of this canyon is conveyed in great detail in the exhibit—from the time the first homo sapiens wandered in 12,000 years ago through the passing of various hunter-gatherer tribes to expeditions by Spaniards and the U.S. Army to its acquisition by the parks department. It’s an amazing story and will make your ride that much more enjoyable. Tread: Mostly doubletrack.

Rio Grande River Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The canyon views and the tremendous history of this spot (well told through park exhibits and guided tours of pictograph sites) are better reasons to visit Seminole Canyon State Park than mountain biking is, but since you’re here, you might as well ride. The Rio Grande River Trail is a pleasant enough stroll across a rugged West Texas landscape from the park road to the point where Seminole Canyon opens up into the Rio Grande at the Amistad Reservoir.

Though the ride here is not as spectacular as in some of the other state parks, the simple crossing of this land takes on an entirely new significance after browsing the historical exhibit at the park’s interpretive center and taking a tour through the pictograph sites. The history of this canyon is conveyed in great detail in the exhibit—from the time the first homo sapiens wandered in 12,000 years ago through the passing of various hunter-gatherer tribes to expeditions by Spaniards and the U.S. Army to its acquisition by the parks department. It’s an amazing story and will make your ride that much more enjoyable. Tread: Mostly doubletrack."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Comstock
Distance: 6.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, local conditions permitting
Local Contacts: Seminole Canyon State Historical Park
Local Maps: USGS Seminole Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Rio Grande River Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

11/2/2007
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As far as parks go, this one is great. The park ranger I met there was absolutely top notch. The park is well maintained and staffed by courteous, knowledgeable people. As far as mountain biking go, its just fair. The scenery is stunning, but the ride is basically flat double track gravel roads. Nice place to explore and enjoy the scenery, but not really a mountain bike trail for anyone looking for more than a basic stroll. Overall though, worth checking out.



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May 2018