Christmas Mountain

Terlingua, Texas (Brewster County)

Last Updated: 01/04/2021
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 5.72 miles
Highest Elevation: 5358 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Terlingua
Nearest Town w/ Services: Terlingua
Official Road Name: Summit Road
Management Agency: Texas State University System


Highlight: Christmas Mountain
For those Big Bend visitors looking for ‘exclusivity’ in trail access along with the most stunning views at elevation, a trip up Christmas Mountain is a must. Limited to only two small groups up the mountain per day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – access to the most scenic views in the region are managed through Terlingua Ranch Lodge. Plan accordingly though as space atop Christmas Mountain is very limited – large enough for only a few vehicles.


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1. Terlingua Ranch Lodge - Trail Entrance (0 mi)
Visitors wishing to make the trip up Christmas Mountain must check in at the Terlingua Ranch Lodge.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Study Butte-Terlingua

From the intersection of 118 and 170 in Study Butte-Terlingua, drive north on 118 for 16.3 miles to Terlingua Ranch Road. Turn right on Terlinga Ranch Road and travel 15.9 miles to Terlingua Ranch Lodge.



Trail Reviews (4)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Made a reservation prior to our trip, didn't want to take a chance and have the groups filled up. As it turned out, we were the only ones going up that day. Fun drive up & down. But the real treat is the view from the top, SPECTACULAR! We were gonna eat lunch at the top, but it was too windy to set table etc. If you're in the neighborhood, I highly recommend it!
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Made the drive to the top one morning, the trail is tight in a few places but nothing terrifying. The view from the top is stunning. Worth the time to "sign in" at the Terlingua Ranch office and the drive up there.
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
pretty relaxed trail, i did this in a stock Tacoma.
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Great Trail! Not too technical, just some relatively steep sections and switchbacks, very pleasant ride. A group of friends made a reservation, the folks at the sign-in were very nice and organized! The views at the top were spectacular!!!

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John-Paul Clark

Mapping Crew - Texas

JP began his off-road adventures as a "Toyota guy", then later crossed the dark side when he bought a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Describing himself as a 'heavy overlander / moderate crawler', he enjoys everything from long beach runs, to the mountains of Colorado, to the rocks of Moab.
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