Dome Trail

Lajitas, Texas

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The multi-use Dome Trail, a 4-mile roller-coaster spur off the Contrabando Trail network, rides roughshod over a cinnabar prospect mining region known as the Contrabando Dome. The Dome Trail sports a serpentine network of sandy arroyos, stony jeep tracks, and bright yellow humps and hilltops that interlace a cactiblooming cross-section of Chihuahuan Desert low country. Along the way, hikers, bikers, and equestrians benefit from colorful orientation kiosks and interpretive signs that provide lessons in the area’s history of mining, smuggling, and ranching. Add stunning views of the surrounding sierras at every turn plus skill-challenging single-track for mountain biking enthusiasts, and it would appear that trail enthusiasts have struck gold; or, more apropos for this mining country, quicksilver!

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"The multi-use Dome Trail, a 4-mile roller-coaster spur off the Contrabando Trail network, rides roughshod over a cinnabar prospect mining region known as the Contrabando Dome. The Dome Trail sports a serpentine network of sandy arroyos, stony jeep tracks, and bright yellow humps and hilltops that interlace a cactiblooming cross-section of Chihuahuan Desert low country.

Along the way, hikers, bikers, and equestrians benefit from colorful orientation kiosks and interpretive signs that provide lessons in the area’s history of mining, smuggling, and ranching. Add stunning views of the surrounding sierras at every turn plus skill-challenging single-track for mountain biking enthusiasts, and it would appear that trail enthusiasts have struck gold; or, more apropos for this mining country, quicksilver!"

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lajitas
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best in Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 2,550 feet
Top Elevation: 3,050 feet
Local Contacts: Big Bend Ranch State Park
Local Maps: USGS Lajitas
Driving Directions: Directions to Dome Trail

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May 2018