Two Chisos Mountain Challenges

Marathon, Texas

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It's impossible to catalog all the variety and contrast contained in this vast area. Visitors could spend a lifetime exploring among the spectacular canyons of the Rio Grande, the unique natural features in the Chihuahuan Desert, and the majestic formations of the Chisos Mountains, all of which are contained in the park. Bike rides traverse portions of the park's canyons, desert, and mountains. A round-trip from either end combines an almost unbroken descent with one of the most arduous climbs to be found in Texas. Starting in the middle at the park's main visitors center allows for two dramatic Challenges in Texas's most celebrated national park. Southeast to the Rio Grande Village is 40.8 miles round-trip (48 miles including a side trip to Boquillas Canyon). Southwest to the Chisos Basin in 19.2 miles round-trip. Terrain: Southeast to the Rio Grande Village is a long descent through the Chihuahuan Desert. Side trip to Boquillas Canyon is hilly. Southwest to the Chisos Basin is an extraordinary long and steep climb. Road: Two-lane park roads with no shoulder. Traffic light, but RV's and campers are prominent.

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"It's impossible to catalog all the variety and contrast contained in this vast area. Visitors could spend a lifetime exploring among the spectacular canyons of the Rio Grande, the unique natural features in the Chihuahuan Desert, and the majestic formations of the Chisos Mountains, all of which are contained in the park. Bike rides traverse portions of the park's canyons, desert, and mountains. A round-trip from either end combines an almost unbroken descent with one of the most arduous climbs to be found in Texas.

Starting in the middle at the park's main visitors center allows for two dramatic Challenges in Texas's most celebrated national park. Southeast to the Rio Grande Village is 40.8 miles round-trip (48 miles including a side trip to Boquillas Canyon). Southwest to the Chisos Basin in 19.2 miles round-trip. Terrain: Southeast to the Rio Grande Village is a long descent through the Chihuahuan Desert. Side trip to Boquillas Canyon is hilly. Southwest to the Chisos Basin is an extraordinary long and steep climb. Road: Two-lane park roads with no shoulder. Traffic light, but RV's and campers are prominent."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Marathon
Distance: 40.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round
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