Black Gap Road

Terlingua, Texas (Brewster County)

Last Updated: 11/28/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Status:
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 8.71 miles
Highest Elevation: 2723 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Terlingua
Nearest Town w/ Services: Terlingua
Official Road Name: Black Gap Road
Management Agency: Big Bend National Park
District: Intermountain Region

Highlights

Highlight: Black Gap Road
Black Gap Road in Big Bend National Park is 1 of only 2 Jeep Badge of Honor Trails in Texas; and arguably the most well known off-road trail, in the state of Texas. Connecting Glenn Springs Road with River Road, Black Gap is perhaps the most remote un-maintained road in the park, providing scenic views of the Chisos Mountain Range as well as wide-open vistas of the Chihuahuan Desert. For those looking to experience Texas at its best, Black Gap Road is an absolute must do!

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Waypoints

1. Black Gap Northern Trailhead (0 mi)
Enter Black Gap Road's northern trailhead off of Glenn Springs Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Study Butte-Terlingua

From the intersection of 118 and 170 in Study Butte-Terlingua, travel south on 118 for 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, continue east another 5.4 miles from the visitor center to the entrance of Glenn Springs Road. (Note that upon entering Glenn Springs Road, travelers may wish to air down at this point.) After turning right onto Glenn Springs Road, travel south 8.7 miles to the northern entrance of Black Gap Road on the right.

For those wishing to run the route south to north, continue east another 15.6 miles from the visitor center to the entrance of River Road. (Note that upon entering River Road, travelers may wish to air down at this point.) After turning right onto River Road, travel west 21.6 miles to the southern entrance of Black Gap Road on the right.

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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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