Dome Loop via E. Contrabando Trailhead
ElevationAscent: 1,035' 316 m
Descent: -1,035' -316 m
High: 2,850' 869 m
Low: 2,396' 730 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“Great views of Big Bend State park, covering 5 trails.”— Kody Gibson
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Need to Know
Contrabando Waterhole Trail is very loose/sandy.
Desert Sports bike shop is an excellent shop, and they know everything about these trails.
After taking a right on the jeep road, follow the singletrack on Camino Viejo Trail to the Contrabando Waterhole trail, where a sharp left takes you down along a loose sandy creek bed.
Meet the east side of the Contrabando Dome Loop, where you'll head north and start a nice climb. The Dome Loop consists of mostly old jeep trail that has slowly turned into singletrack. It flows through loose washes and volcanic rock. It's 250 feet of climbing until about mile 8 of this route, then you'll start to descend. There are a few spots with exposure. Around the 10.5 mile marker, you'll cross a deep wash. If you lose the trail, just look straight ahead for the 3-4 foot ledge you should be riding/hiking up.
Stay to the left until you start the decent, and eventually land back at the Contrabando Waterhole.
On the way back along the jeep trail, don't miss Rock Quarry Trail on the right, which is one of the singletrack trails built for mountain bikes. Sail down Dog Cholla once again before hitting the parking lot.
History & Background
Local Club: Big Bend Trails Alliance
Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Big Bend Ranch State Park