Old Ore Road

Total Miles
25.5

Elevation

973.93 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter, Summer

Trail Overview

Old Ore Road is located within the remote wilderness of Big Bend National Park. Old Ore is one of if not the only trail within Big Bend where cell service is somewhat available, with the exception of a few valleys and canyons. This trail is great for beginners as it traverses many types of terrain from rocks, soft sand, ruts, and gravel. Keep in mind this road is extremely bumpy, rough and rocky. Water does tend pool up on the trail and when it is raining the trail becomes nearly impassable if one's tires are not up to par as you will be going in and out of arroyos and up hills with water running down. Old Ore provides many remote primitive campgrounds which all require a permit beforehand, there is no shade anywhere on the trail and summers in Texas are not polite so plan accordingly.

Photos of Old Ore Road

Old Ore Road
Old Ore Road
Old Ore Road

Difficulty

The entirety of the trail is one tracked with very few places to pass others, if the opportunity presents itself. There are a few ledges on steep grades, however most of them have been filled with rocks by others making the trip easier. A few spots with soft sand in the arroyos, water also fills up in these locations along with many spots along the road.

History

This trail was used in the early 1900s by miners to transport ore from Mexico to the nearby town of Marathon some 90 miles north of the park.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Gavan Rorie
May 18, 2024
2022 Jeep Gladiator
Open
Dusty
Great road to test your suspension. There is nothing technical and I did not need 4 wheel drive. I just aired down. We traveled south to north and it took us under 4 hours to drive the 26 miles. We took our time and only ran into a couple folks. One of our favorite overland trail roads.
Jeff Heiser
Feb 21, 2024
2023 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard
Definitely need 4 wheel drive in so locations along the road or 2 wheel drive with a locker. You don’t need it for the whole length of the road but you do need a HIGH clearance vehicle. The road is VERY rocky. The most rocky we have rode in BBNP. Taking an AWD like a Subaru or similar is just asking for trouble. There are some difficult worn out hard to navigate areas. Fortunately there was no water along the road but you could see where water has been and if water was there it would be a difficult ride for sure. As far as fun, this ride was the best ride we have made in BBNP and that includes Black Gap. We went south to north and it took us right about 4.5 hours to complete. It’s worth the ride. Pictures don’t show the real picture of the road. By no means did it seem to be a road that was maintained in anyway.
Peter Karaganis
Jun 17, 2023
2023 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Kurt Wuest
May 27, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard

Access Description

From the north end of the road one will take Dagger Flats Auto Trail which comes from the Main Park Road. The southern end is right near the Rio Grande Village.

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