Presidio, TX 79845
LOCATION: West Texas
Riding horseback is a great way to explore almost 300,000 acres of the Chihuahuan Desert landscape, in Texas’ largest and most remote state park. Big Bend Ranch offers approximately 238 miles of multiuse trails that are suitable for horses. Equestrian activities are also allowed in backcountry areas unless specifically excluded.
Guided Rides and Rentals
Guided hourly or all-day trail rides are offered at the Sauceda Ranger Station in the park’s interior (approximately 27 miles from F.M.170 on bladed caliche and dirt roads). On these trail rides, park staff guide visitors through some of the park’s canyon trails and historic areas. For information and reservations, please call the park office at (432) 358-4444, at least 10 days in advance for horse tours.
Guided tours, trip options, and rental horses are also available from Lajitas Stables, the park’s equestrian outfitter.
Bring Your Own Horse
Visitors are welcome to bring their own horses to the park. There is an equestrian fee of $2 per horse per day, in addition to other park fees. All users must obtain a backcountry use permit for day use or overnight. Equestrians must bring their own weed-free horse feed. All horses must have documentation of a current Coggins test. This rugged country is hard on horses and horseshoes, so make sure that you and your horse are physically fit. Call the park ahead of time to inquire about the availabilty of water for your horse while on the trail.
Six equestrian-oriented campsites are available, most of which offer corrals and water.
Click here for link to Texas State Park camping reservations.
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