Bike Guides & Bike Rentals in Big Bend

We can take you on established, maintained mountain biking trails, old abandoned mining trails, maintained or primitive single and double track, or complete off road rugged terrain. Please be honest and realistic with your skill level and capabilities so we can help you pick routes that best accommodate you.

Here is a great article about mountain biking in Terlingua featuring our friend Mike Long with Desert Sports, and written by Graham Averill and photography by Jay Goodrich.

We have a large fleet of 26″ wheel and 29″ wheel bikes, in varying sizes, all with front fork shocks. We also provide helmets and gloves, although if you have your own it is best you bring these items.

Water: A camelback or other daypack with hydration bladder is highly recommended, and an additional couple water bottles that can
fit in a bike bottle rack. If no hydration bladder is available then a small light backpack or daypack that can hold multiple bottles of water will be necessary. Your ride will last only as long as you have water available. We provide water, you will need vessels and bladders for it.

Attire: if you have padded shorts and/or bike shorts please bring them. If not, shorts work best, or tight-fitting pants or leggings. Long-sleeve, light fabric shirts work best, thick padded socks as well.

Footwear: none of our rental bikes are clip-in pedals, tennis shoes or any other light footwear with rubber soles are recommended.

There are many steep hills on the trails here that you will likely need to walk your bike up so shoes with traction for rocky surfaces work best, such as tennis shoes or hiking shoes.

This includes bike, helmet, and spare tire with changing tools, and hand air pump. Each addtl. tire needed after the first will be a $20 charge per tire.

Our bike tires are slimed so if you get a thorn, which is common, LEAVE IT IN! In many cases the slime will seal around the thorn, keeping air pressure or a small, slow leak.

Patch kits are part of our bike rental as well, if you are not familiar with this process please let us know and we will instruct you.

Any flat tires will be billed to customer at $10 per tire. Bikes will have spares provided, please make every attempt to not drive over thorny plants and cacti. Care should also be taken not to damage bikes, any broken parts will be billed to client as well, including labor. Treat the bike as if it were your own and it will perform properly, almost all repairs we bill are from abuse and/or mishandling of equipment.

Our bikes are located at our HQ in Redford; there are several trails and dirt roads you can ride within 15 minutes of our location; Big Bend Ranch State Park’s Contrabando West Trailhead is appx. 26 miles from here. Contrabando East trailhead is an appx. 6 addtl. miles, and the Lajitas Resort trails are 4 miles further east.

We can deliver bikes to you, this fee will vary depending on your location.

Guided mountain biking trips can be done with your own bike or one of ours, the bike rental is included in the $140 per person fee. We recommend a guided trip for first-timers, having an experienced cyclist to lead you saves a lot of time and effort in our harsh environment, giving you maximum amount of trail time and fun riding.

Getting lost or taking wrong turns is not uncommon, people have PERISHED on the trails here. Be smart, bring a map and compass, know how to use them. Bring water and EXTRA water, have a patch kit, spare tire, tools, hydration bladder and pack, First Aid kit, park permit, notify park personnel of your route and intended return time.

OR, HIRE A FUN and KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDE!!!!

The 52 mile Epic Bike Trail Loop in Big Bend Ranch State Park has become the premier mountain biking route for serious off-road cycling enthusiasts. Angell Expeditions rents bikes, helmets and other gear for this, and also will guide new riders thru the course, along with interpretive talk on the history, geology, plants and wildlife.

Two Day Bike Tour
Plan 2 to 3 days to cycle this route. A support shuttle to carry camping gear, food, and bike supplies will be necessary. We can provide all of the above services and help plan your itinerary to make the journey safely and efficiently. This is a serious technical trail, but with huge amounts of payoff in excitement, scenery and remote desert beauty. Make sure you are in good physical shape and your bike skills are up to par. Smaller warm-up trails on the Epic can be ridden prior to the entire loop to test your skills. Watch the video to get a small taste of this life-changing experience!

Bikes For Rent in Big Bend
We have a selection of quality, well-maintained mountain bikes for rent at very reasonable daily rates. We also keep a small inventory of inner tubes and various tools, parts and accessories for sale. Our 4WD vehicles are equipped with bike racks, parts and tools for remote on-location repairs and assistance. Mountain boards are also available for rent.

*HELMETS REQUIRED* for all cycling/mountain boarding activities and can be rented or purchased for nominal fees.

ATTIRE: For all activities we recommend long-sleeve shirts, sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat unless activities require a helmet. Long pants are recommended on hikes and climbs to protect from brush and thorns, and spare socks are good to carry with for all activities. Shorts and/or a swimsuit are good to keep with if taking a refreshing dip in a desert spring or other water source is desired.