Alpine DayRest stop: Kokernot Ballpark-watch for the stadium lights on the left going into Alpine (9:00-10:30) *Sign up Sunday night for bus return and for bike to be trailered back- 30 max. Bus will leave Alpine for the Ranch at 11:00, so plan your start time accordingly. A- Ranch to Alpine Out/Back (58 mi.)Alpine Day B- Ranch to Alpine Kokernot baseball park (29 mi.) C- To Musquiz Ruins Out/Back- avoid the boring part of the Alpine ride (24 mi.)
Scenic Loop DayWater/Rest stops: Madera Canyon, Bear Mountain, Valentine Rd. cutoff, Point of Rocks A-Scenic Loop (76 miles) VERY hilly and challenging. For experienced riders. B-Bear Mountain to Ranch (42 miles) Hilly. C-Point of Rocks Out/Back (up to 35 miles) No big hills.
Balmorhea Day (One-way, almost all downhill!)Water/Rest stops: Wild Rose Pass, Boy Scout Ranch road. All bikes trailered back to Ranch, campers bused back. All-camp picnic lunch at Balmorhea State Park outside pool.
Marfa DayDrive on your own to Marfa and park near the courthouse. You may use restrooms inside the courthouse. Ride out/back on 2810 or on 90 toward Alpine. Water stops on 2810 at 12 mi. and 25 mi. Sag vehicle will sweep 2810. No support on 90. 2810 ultimately turns into a dirt road and ends at the border. You may see 1 or 2 vehicles. It is a pretty ride and slightly hilly. The surface is new chip-seal and will be somewhat rough. 90 is very smooth with a shoulder and a fair amount of traffic. A-Ride out/back on 2810 to water stop at Love Ranch corrals (50 mi.) B- Ride out/back on 2810 to first rest stop (24 mi.) C- Ride out/back on 90 unsupported.
Observatory DayA-Ranch to Telescopes (22 miles) Highest paved road in Texas. B-Ranch to Visitor Center Out/Back - Still a Challenge (20 miles)
Independent RidesIndependent rides are done on your own without "official" DMFTC support, water stops, SAG support or sanction. These rides should always include at least two riders that maintain visual and/or vocal contact with each other at all times. Some of the rides listed below will need your own camper-arranged motorized vehicle support with water and food. If you take an independent ride over 15 miles or one hour, please tell a camp friend or roommate where you are going, so they can be looking for you to come back at the appointed time. Sample of Independent Rides Boy Scout (22 miles) Drive to the Boy Scout cutoff road, park your car. Ride from the Boy Scout Ranch road cutoff to the Boy Scout Ranch entrance and back. Climb going in and descend coming back. Great beginner ride. Marfa (54 miles round trip) Stop and tour the Chinati Foundation/Museum.