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By Silverjack (5 McR Points) on Mar 09, 2012

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2 McR Points
August 18, 2018
I have done the old ore road three times.…

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Ore Road is in Big Bend Nat'l Park, TX. ***It is for dual sport, dirt!*** Complex and diverse terrain (not a piece of cake as a local describes). Skills needed: climbing rock steps, some sand, small river rock traverses. Great scenery. Stay in Study Butte, TX-a funky town!


Cliffs, forest, skirt the Rio Grande River nearby. Big Bend National Park has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. Few areas exceed the park's value for the protection and study of geologic and paleontologic resources. Cretaceous and Tertiary fossil organisms exist in variety and abundance. Archeologists have discovered artifacts estimated to be 9,000 years old, and historic buildings and landscapes offer graphic illustration of life along the international border at the turn of the century.

Drive Enjoyment

all gravel, rocks, rock steps, sand, river rock traverses, a challenge!

Tourism Opportunities

Study Butte TX near the entrance to the park has funky but interesting motels, restaurants, bars, art galleries, groceries.

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August 18, 2018
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Enduro
I have done the old ore road three times. Beginning in 2015. Twice in my 2013 GMC 4 wheel drive and once on my KTM 990 Adventure motorcycle. I was loaded pretty heavy with camping gear, food and spare gas on the motorcycle trip. As mentioned before elsewhere on the site, the road is all rock and very rough in places. Some large steps and sandy washes along with loose gravel and creek crossings. Small enduros and dirt bikes are better suited for this road. Scenery is very good especially if you take the time to explore the canyons and trails. Earnst Tinaja is a really cool campsite. Bear boxes are located at most, if not all, of the campsites. Javelinas are common. I would not recommend this road for novices.
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