Pinto Canyon - TRAIL

Pinto Canyon - Trail, Marfa, Texas

Pinto Canyon is south of Marfa between Marfa and Ruidosa. Drive down paved FM 2810 for 32 miles. Travel past end of pavement about 5 miles and you will drop into Pinto Canyon. The road is no more that a a steep , ruggged Jeep trail thru the canyon. Ride either direction. But you will change over 1000' in elevation over about 2-1/2 miles. Some portions are very steep and rough. The road slopes down from Pinto Canyon to the Rio Grande and you could almost coast the whole way. Its about 20 miles from end of pavement to Ruidosa.

Great Beauty and solitude; a challenging aerobic ride.

You can travel entire distance by any 2WD vehicle but Canyon portion is very rugged. Road is graded gravel between Pinto Canyon and Ruidosa. You will pass by Chiantia Hot Springs. Look for tiny, tiny sign 4 Miles N. of Ruidosa.

One great ride thru Chihuauahaun Desert , canyons, past abandoned ranches, adobe buidlings and a silver mine. There are several stream crossings. Store at Rudidosa on Texas FM 170 may or may not be open. Bring everything you need, especially water.

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boisebomber   Cross Country Rider [Apr 14, 2007]

summary as above.

2 notes of caution.

1. this is very isolated country with little population. Rudsosa pop 15. So be prepared. store in Ruidosa open for sodas, food, but no gas. nearest gas is Presidio or Marfa.

2. for you herbalists : there is a 100% chance you will be stopped by customs(who are looking for drugs!). not just at immigration checkpoints on main Highways but anywhere along any roads at anytime. they DO NOT need probable cause to pull you over.

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