Contrabando Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Contrabando Trail meanders through washouts, eroded flats, and dotted fields of volcanic ejecta typically found throughout the Big Bend’s Chihuahuan Desert low country. The route, called Contrabando for more than 100 years, cuts across a formidable desert landscape that historically provided cover for trade in both raw and illicit goods including rum, wax, and stolen cattle.
However, thanks to an ongoing partnership between park staff and the nonprofit citizens group Big Bend Trails Alliance, hikers, bikers, and horseback riders can enjoy the rugged and remote miles of the old Contrabando smuggleway with little worry but for a scare or two from ghosts of old contrabandistas."