El Camino del Rio Classic

Lajitas, Texas

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This ride traces a remotely located out-and-back route along a road acclaimed as one of the most spectacular in Texas. The Rio Grande forms the border between Texas and Mexico. El Camino del Rio, the "River Road," runs parallel to the river for most of the 50 miles between the small border towns of Lajitas and Presidio. Because distances are great and services are few, supported multiday tours are a popular way to see this part of Texas by bicycle. You will see why the call it "not really near anywhere" when you begin your ride and continue through the rocky remote mountains and canyons along the river's edge. Most of El Camino del Rio is contained in a recently formed state park, the Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area. Terrain: rolling, mountainous terrain, leveling off somewhat on the approach to Presidio. Road: this route is all on one road, FM 170. Two lanes, no shoulder, little traffic.
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by Andy White (The Globe Pequot Press)

This ride traces a remotely located out-and-back route along a road acclaimed as one of the most spectacular in Texas. The Rio Grande forms the border between Texas and Mexico. El Camino del Rio, the "River Road," runs parallel to the river for most of the 50 miles between the small border towns of Lajitas and Presidio. Because distances are great and services are few, supported multiday tours are a popular way to see this part of Texas by bicycle.

You will see why the call it "not really near anywhere" when you begin your ride and continue through the rocky remote mountains and canyons along the river's edge. Most of El Camino del Rio is contained in a recently formed state park, the Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area. Terrain: rolling, mountainous terrain, leveling off somewhat on the approach to Presidio. Road: this route is all on one road, FM 170. Two lanes, no shoulder, little traffic.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Lajitas
Distance: 100
Elevation Gain: 1,150 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,350 feet
Top Elevation: 2,825 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to El Camino del Rio Classic

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