West Texas & Big Bend Bike Tour

Starry Nights & Solitude in South Texas

In West Texas and the Big Bend region, everything is BIG. Revel in stellar views at the McDonald Observatory. Pedal amidst the surreal landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert and biological diversity of the 7000 foot Chisos Mountains to the Rio Grand’s limestone canyons. Top it off with the quirky arts town of Marfa, Texas for a dash of true Texan culture!

Custom bike tour departures available for groups of 6 or more.

Tour Highlights

Big Bend National Park

Visit McDonald Observatory

Terlingua Ghost Town

Float the Rio Grande

Lodging Options

Holland Hotel, Alpine TX

Las Casitas, Terlingua TX

Hotel Paisano, Marfa TX

Day 1: Meet in El Paso, then shuttle to McDonald Observatory for a daytime tour. After the tour, start cycling to the town of Alpine, where we’ll spend our first evening together.


Day 2: Today we have a long, mostly downhill ride through the mountains to Terlingua, where we stay our first night at Las Casitas at Far Flung Adventure Center. Enjoy the quiet and solitude under the starry night sky.


Day 3: This is a day to truly explore deeper into Big Bend! We’ll rent kayaks from our friends at Far Flung Adventures, then float into Big Bend Ranch State Park from LaQuesta to Madera. After the float, there’s time to explore Terlingua Ghost Town, a true hidden gem in west Texas.


Day 4: A short shuttle takes us to Chisos Basin Visitor Center, right in the middle of some of the most impressive mountains in the southwest. We’ll have plenty of time to explore and hike around some of the trails in the park. If you’re keen to do some cycling today, you’ve got the option to ride back to Terlingua (a nearly 3000-foot descent!) We’ll have dinner together again tonight and enjoy another starry evening at Las Casitas.


Day 5: Today is our steepest ride of the week on FM 170 – also known as River Road. There’s plenty of climbing today on this winding mountain road. The amazing views make it worth it, though! We’ll end up in the famous town of Marfa tonight at the Hotel Paisano, which was the base of operations for the film Giant, starring James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor.


Day 6:  This morning we ride part of the famous Fort Davis Scenic Loop. We’ll have a short shuttle to the start of the ride, on a scenic ranch road. We’ll have lunch and then get cleaned up before we head back to El Paso. Don’t worry, we can break up the long drive with a stop at Prada Marfa on the way!

A trip review

~Arthur S., TripAdvisor

Trip Information


Trip Length - Days

New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Tour Type
Road Bike
Difficulty Level 4
Tour Rating
New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour Elevation
Route Overview

Average Daily Mileage

Check In Location
El Paso, TX
SAG Vehicle New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Support & Gear Vehicle

Minimum Age


5 Breakfasts | 6 Lunches | 5 Dinners

  • PP Double Occupancy

  • Single Supplement*

  • Standard Bike Rental


*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.


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