Black Gap WMA: Bicycling

Phone: (432) 376-2216
55 miles south of Marathon, 18mi down FM 2627
See maps and directions for specific location

Contact: Travis Smith

Dates Open: Open year round, except closed for Special Permit hunts. Contact the WMA for specific information.

Registration is required.


Biking Permitted

Bicycling is a healthy and enjoyable activity that is available in many of the Wildlife Management Areas of Texas.

Black Gap offers approximately 200 miles of primitive roads and a stretch highway for bicyclists. All traffic is restricted to established roads due to the sensitive nature of the land. Mountain bikers are encouraged to take a ride through Maravillas Canyon and along the river. They can observe deer, javelina, bighorn sheep, and the abundant variety of birds along the way in a natural and tranquil setting. The scenery is splendid. Another recommended route is through Brushy Canyon. Mule deer, javelina, a variety of upland and migratory birds, ringtail cats, and an occasional black bear or Carmen Mountain whitetail deer can be seen.

Farm Road 2627 is great place for road cyclists. The 20 mile route begins at 2,660 feet at the northern entrance and descends to 1,760 feet at La Linda on the Rio Grande. The route takes you through the heart of the management area via the Shurley Flat, through basalt hills, and over the limestone hills at the base of the Sierra del Carmen Mountains for the final leg. The desert scenery is magnificent. Due to the terrain and the relatively warm to hot climate, this is not a ride for the faint hearted!

Hunter orange requirements for all visitors during hunts dates.

Access restricted to Maravillas and Horse Canyons, Rio Grande and the headquarters campsite from March 1 to August 31.