Old Ore Road

Terlingua, Texas (Brewster County)

Last Updated: 11/28/2021
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Highlight: Old Ore Road
Used during the 1900s to transport ore from mines in the south to trail stations farther north, Old Ore Road is an excellent half-day route providing exceptional views of the Chisos Mountains and Tornillo Creek. Whether staying in nearby Study Butte-Terlingua area or camping in Big Bend National Park, the route is an absolutely must-do for 4x4 enthusiasts visiting the area.


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1. Old Ore Road Northern Trailhead (0 mi)
Old Ore Road's northern trailhead is easily accessible just 2.1 miles off the main park road, along Dagger Flat Auto Trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Study Butte-Terlingua

From the intersection of 118 and 170 in Study Butte-Terlingua, travel south on 118 3.9 miles to the Big Bend National Park entrance. From the park entrance, travel east 24 miles to the Panther Junction Visitor Center and Service Station.

For those wishing to run the route north to south, head north 12.7 miles from the visitor center to the entrance of Dagger Flat Auto Trail. (Note that upon entering Dagger Flat Auto Trail, travelers may wish to air down at this point.) After turning right onto Dagger Flat Auto Trail, travel east 2.1 miles to the northern entrance of Old Ore Road on the right.

For those wishing to run the route south to north, continue east another 17.9 miles from the visitor center to the southern entrance of Old Ore Road on the left.



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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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