Contrabando Trail

Lajitas, Texas 79852

Contrabando Trail

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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
10 hours
Best in Fall
2,425 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,700 feet
Top Elevation
Big Bend Ranch State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Lajitas
Local Maps

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Dec 2018