River Road West

Total Miles


718.71 ft


2.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

River Road West follows the Rio Grande in the southwestern area of the Big Bend National Park backcountry. Along the trail, you will find various established backcountry camping sites. These sites do require reservations, so please check with park staff or online at recreation.gov. This trail primarily consists of a fairly maintained dirt road with several hills, loose rocks, and ruts. Four-wheel drive is recommended, but if conditions are dry, a high-clearance vehicle may complete this trail. The trail can be traveled through either side, but be aware that sections of the trail may be too narrow for 2 vehicles, so backing up may be required. Motorcycles frequent this area and should have no issue.

Photos of River Road West

River Road West
River Road West
River Road West


This trail primarily is a dirt road with various areas of loose rocks and ruts. Because of the remoteness of this location, you must prepare for any trail repairs. The area has no telephone signal, so traveling in group is recommended.

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Access Description

This trail can be accessed via pavement on the west side of the park though the Ross Maxwell Scenic Road Y junction, south of Tuff Canyon. Following this dirt road, you will find a junction with Black Gap Road. Note that Black Gap Road is the only unmaintained road in the park.

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