ElevationAscent: 112' 34 m
Descent: -466' -142 m
High: 2,380' 725 m
Low: 1,962' 598 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“An easy road through the desert leading to the Talley campground on the Rio Grande River.”— Lost Justpastnowhere
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
Talley Road starts at the Mariscal Mine which is an interesting historical site worth a short visit. Keep in mind this was a cinnabar mine. Cinnabar is a toxic ore of HgS (mercury sulfide), and mercury is also extremely toxic, so take appropriate care.
Along this road, you'll have views of the Chisos Mountains to the northeast and the Mariscal Mountains to the east in a part of Big Bend National Park that few people visit. The road ends at the Rio Grande where you may enjoy a swim or some wading if the current is not too great. Don't cross into Mexico though; there is a $5000 fine to come back if you're caught.
Talley Road and the access from River Road East are accessible by 4×4 high clearance vehicles (check with the park service for current conditions - 4×4 may not be required if they've recently graded the roads). The section between the Mariscal Mine and the intersection with Black Gap Road was sandy when I rode it.
Keep in mind this is a desert and it can be very hot most months of the year. There is no potable water available along the route, so you'll want to carry more than you think you might need and there is no shade available. Winter is a great time for this ride, but the desert can get surprisingly cold in the winter, and the sun can still be intense. If you're unsure of conditions, check with a ranger.
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Land Manager: NPS - Big Bend National Park