Christmas Mountain

Terlingua, Texas (Brewster County)

Last Updated: 11/24/2021
5 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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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.



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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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