Mountain Biking Big Bend Ranch State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Mountain Biking Big Bend Ranch State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


[music] This is an overwhelming experience when you come out here for the first
time. You just really feel as if you’re
on the edge of the earth. There’s no other place like it in
Texas. [music] I’m the fitness writer for the
Austin-American Statesman, I’m working on a story for my column
about what it’s like to mountain bike in Big Bend Ranch State
Park. Ready to go? Ready to go. Let’s go. I’m a little nervous, I guess (laughs) It’s jagged and rough and just seems Wild West to me. But it’s beautiful too. The whole route, we’re doing 108 miles
over 4 days. and camping out at night. [wind] Big Bend Ranch State Park is the
biggest state park that we have in the state of Texas. It’s 310,000
acres and about 388 miles of road, trail, route. We have a lot of trails. (laughter) Big Bend Ranch State Park is a very
big place and there are a lot of opportunities. Yeehaw! Sweet, guys, look at that view of the
Chisos in front of you! [music] It is challenging in places, it’s
smooth in places. This is awesome! What I love about Big Bend Ranch is it
has a little bit of everything. [music] Oh, look at that, you got it. (laughs) About a mile and a half left. Getting out on a mountain bike just
lets you cover more ground. [music] It’s about all there is to do out
here. If you don’t like the outdoor stuff you might as well go back to the
city. [music] When you’re on a mountain bike, you
don’t have to go but 100 yards and you can probably find something
that’s pretty technical. [bike rattling] Some of those spots on our main road
are kind of challenging. There’s parts where I walk, and I hike
my bike and it’s okay to do that. [music stops] [crash] You okay? I think so. I’m going to go do it again. Okay. Good idea. [music] [wind] [bike rattling] Woohoo! Oh yeah! We’re gonna make it! We survived our first day on the
trail. It was very challenging. Can I get a tow from here? Now I feel pleasantly pooped out, and I’m going to sleep well tonight, I
know. [crickets] It was awesome. [fire crackling] A lot of people think it would be
crazy to come bike in the desert. [bike tire] But it’s very magical to me. Check out the view! I think in the next 3 to 5 years this
will be the mountain biking Mecca of Texas if not the southwestern
United States. Woohoo! [music] It’s very very beautiful. Prickly stuff and tarantulas
everywhere. (laughs) This is kind of like what I pictured
Texas to be when I was a little kid. Another day in paradise. It’s just nice to see that there are
still wide open spaces. [music]