Compadres del Rancho Grande 
Friends of Big Bend Ranch State Park  
www.parkfriends.org

Upcoming events

    • 11/10/2018
    • 07:00 - 16:00 (CST)
    • Barton Warnock Visitor Center Lajitas Texas
    Register


    This memorable ride along the legendary Rio Grande takes in scenic canyons, challenging hills, thrilling descents and unparalleled views. FM170 runs through Big Bend Ranch State Park from Lajitas to Historic Fort Leaton and Presidio, Texas

    VIRTUAL COURSE TOUR

     Start/finish staged out of Big Barton Warnock Visitor Center in Lajitas, Texas & conveniently situated near Terlingua Ghost Town, Study Butte and Big Bend National Park. 

    "This is a truly spectacular venue for a 'ride in the park' and it wouldn't be possible without energetic, fun-loving, hard-working volunteers!"

    Produced by ColorMate Racing, Dallas, TX, Rio Gran Fondo proceeds benefit non-profit, 501 c 3 Compadres del Rancho Grande, the Friends of Big Bend Ranch State Park. 

    Riders and volunteers alike are sure to enjoy this beautiful, unique tour of "the Biggest & Best State Park in Texas!" 

    Three distances: El Pico Fondo 25 mile Medio Fondo 50 mile and 100 mile Gran Fondo will challenge and reward all skill levels. 100 mile distance riders will conquer “Big Hill” (~ 800 elevation gain) in both directions. Terminus of the 50 mile event is Historic Fort Leaton near Presidio, Texas. 

    Volunteers support the event by setting up the course, checking riders in and out, providing an encouraging and enthusiastic presence on the course and by hosting aid stations distributed at intervals located throughout beautiful locations in the park. They can also help by promoting the event in their area, and securing donations, underwriting and sponsorship support for the event. 

    Routes & Distances


       Experience West Texas’ scenic Geology, beautiful vistas of Mexico, and the scenery along the majestic Rio Grande!

    Pico Fondo: 26 miles out and back from Barton Warnock to the Tee Pees Rest Stop on FM 170 at the bottom of Big Hill. Outstanding scenery in both directions as FM 170 skirts Lajitas Mesa bordering the Rio Grande. Views of the Bofecillos uplift, Soliatio and into Old Mexico. Return to Barton Warnock by bike, or elect to take the bike shuttle service back to the Start/Finish at Barton Warnock Visitor Center.

    Medio Fondo 50 – Ride 50 miles from Barton Warnock Visitor Center in Lajitas through Big Bend Ranch State Park to Fort Leaton in Presidio, Texas along the “River Road” FM 170. Celebrate the experience with a tour the Historic Fort Leaton near the confluence of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo and Rio Conchos. Fort Leaton overlooks some of the oldest continuously cultivated land in North America. Bike shuttle service will be provided to return you and your bike back to the Start/Finish at Barton Warnock Visitor Center.

    Photo Credit: Matt Walter, Alpine, Texas

    El Gran Fondo: 

    "The Whole Enchilada"!!! 

    100 miles of hills & thrills!  Out and back from Barton Warnock visitor Center to Historic Fort Leaton, Presidio. With ~4,500 feet of elevation gain, this challenging and scenic course will test your fitness and endurance, rewarding every mile with outstanding, unbroken views of some of Texas’ most unusual geology.

    Virtual Course Tour

    Aid Stations & Food: Hydration beverages, s (salty & sweet) located at @ 10 mile intervals. Volunteers are encouraged to bring substantial snacks, and are welcome to partake of event aid station offerings.

    Post Race Meal (Complimentary for registered Volunteers): 11 am - 4  Located the Finish Line, Barton Warnock Visitor Center. You will be provided with a meal ticket at Volunteer Check In/Orientation.

    What to expect:

    Weather: Low in the mid 60's, high in the 70’s. Can be colder or warmer. Might rain, might not. Could be windy. Could be calm. Be prepared!

    Assignments: Complete the registration form to indicate a preferred duty or skill (or no preference). We'll make our best effort to accommodate!

    The volunteer coordinator for each duty area (Check In, First Aid, Aid Stations, Start/Finish Line, Sag Wagons, etc.) will follow up with you prior and after the activity according to your indicated preference. If you are unable to fulfill a duty, please notify the coordinator ASAP. If it is possible for you to recruit a replacement, that helps greatly. If you have any other questions, contact us: info@parkfriends.org

     Apparel & Equipment

    Required Equipment: Personal Hydration Device (pack, bottle, cup), cap or brimmed hat. Riders MUST WEAR HELMETS AT ALL TIMES

    Recommended Equipment:  First Aid kit strongly recommended. Personal "camp" chair and supplies to keep you comfortable through the day. Porta potties will be provided at all aid stations.

    MECHANICAL & SAFETY:

    Mechanical Safety Check: Because of the remote location of the ride and vast distance between services riders will be advised to have their bikes evaluated for mechanical safety. Mechanics will be on duty during Packet Pickup to perform this service. Riders are solely responsible for the mechanical condition of their bikes.

    Big Hill Advisory: Located West of the "Tee Pees" rest area & aid station and East of La Cuesta river access, Big Hill summit is @ 3,050' elevation. The ride up is strenuous and the ride down steep and potentially hazardous. Riders are advised to attempt Big Hill at their own risk and descend at safest velocity.


    Transportation

    Shuttles & SAG service will be provided to registered participants throughout the day. 

    Parking: Please park in designated Event Parking Area 

    Reserved parking: Start/Finish is for non-event park visitor check in and emergency vehicles. TPWD will cordon off parking spaces at the visitor center. Event Parking is located <100 yards West of Barton Warnock Visitor Center.

    Please ride share if possible.

    Lodging & Camping:

    The Lajitas Golf Resort offers hotel rooms. The Maverick Ranch RV Park offers full service RV & tent camping, showers, laundry and course proximity. Contact Lajitas Golf Resort for reservations.

    Grassy Banks, Lower & Upper Madera and West Contrabando Campground sites in Big Bend Ranch State Park can be reserved through TPWDhttps://tpwd.texas.gov/business/park_reservations/ 

     Start & Finish:10K, 30K and 50K  start & finish Barton Warnock Visitor Center, Big Bend Ranch State Park one mile East of the  Lajitas Resort, Lajitas, Texas.

    Packet Pickup/Volunteer Check In:

    Friday, November 9, 2018 12:00 Noon - 8:00 PM

    Saturday November 10, 2018: 6:00-8:30 AM

    Ride Start Times 

     Saturday, November 10, 2018
    7:30 am  -  100 Mile Riders
    8:00 am  -  25 & 50 Mile Riders
    9:00 am  - Last Timed Departure

    Course Closes/Final Shuttle leaves Fort Leaton Eastbound at 4 pm



    • 11/11/2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Barton Warnock Visitor Center, Big Bend Ranch State Park
    Register

     2018 Compadres del Rancho Grande Annual In-Person Meeting 
    Sunday, November 11, 2018
    Barton Warnock Visitor Center, Big Bend Ranch State Park

    Compadres del Rancho Grande Board Members & Friends, 2017 Annual Meeting Barton Warnock Visitor Center Big Bend Ranch State Park, TexasHikes, bike rides & excursions: 9:00 AM
    Lunch: 1:00-1:45  
    Meeting for business: 2:00-4:00 PM
    Open to the public ~ Please RSVP by registering

     “Compadres del Rancho Grande (friends of Big Bend Ranch State Park) provides advocacy, opportunities and resources to support and sustain Big Bend Ranch State parks, enhance visitor experiences and educate the public on the wonders of the parks and the importance of their natural and cultural resources.” 

     We look forward to seeing you in Big Bend Ranch State Park!

    • 01/20/2019
    • 07:00 - 16:00 (CST)
    • Barton Warnock Visitor Center Lajitas Texas
    Register

    Without volunteers working before, during and after the Big Bend Ultra Sunday, January 20TH (MLK Weekend) the Big Bend Ultra would not be the outstanding FUNdraiser to benefit Compadres del Rancho Grande that it is! 

     Volunteers support the Fresno Creek 50K, Quicksilver 30K & Rock Dog 10K by setting up the course, checking runners in and out, providing an encouraging and enthusiastic presence on the course and by hosting aid stations distributed at intervals located throughout beautiful locations in the park. 

    What to expect:

    Weather: Low in the mid 30’s, high in the 60’s. Can be colder or warmer. Might rain, might not. Could be windy. Could be calm. Be prepared!

    Assignments: You can indicate your availability for pre-, during and post-event duty on with registration. You can also indicate a duty preference (or no preference). We'll make our best effort to accommodate you and changes that might be necessary.

    The volunteer coordinator for each duty area (Runner Check In, First Aid, Bike Patrol, Aid Stations, Start/Finish Line, etc.) will follow up with you prior and after the activity according to your indicated preference. If you are unable to fulfill a duty, please notify the coordinator ASAP. If it is possible for you to recruit a replacement, that helps greatly. If you have any other questions, contact us: info@parkfriends.org

    Recommended Apparel & Equipment

    Required Equipment: Personal Hydration Device (pack, bottle, cup): Backpack, waist pack or 16+ oz bottle or reservoir for hydration. Aid stations are 5 miles apart and volunteers may be posted at locations other than aid stations lacking shade, hydration and food.

    Recommended Equipment: Hat/Cap, gloves, long sleeve shirt, tights if cold-natured, sunscreen, sunglasses, weather shell, a means to carry personal food/energy items. First Aid kit strongly recommended. Bike patrol volunteers are responsible for ensuring their bicycle is in top mechanical condition and must be prepared to self-rescue; Helmets are required for riders. Please use the buddy system.

    Aid Stations & Food: Snacks, both salty and sweet will be at each station. Volunteers are encouraged to bring snacks, and are welcome to partake of event aid station grub.   Link to course map

    Post Race Meal (Complimentary for registered Volunteers): 11 am - 4 

    Located the Finish Line, Barton Warnock Visitor Center. You will be provided with a meal ticket at Volunteer Check In/Orientation.

    Transportation

    Parking: Please park in designated Event Parking Area 

    Reserved parking: Start/Finish is for non-event park visitor check in and emergency vehicles. TPWD will cordon off parking spaces at the visitor center. Event Parking is located <100 yards West of Barton Warnock Visitor Center.

    Please ride share if possible.

    Course Maps

    Click above or paste link into your browser to view course routes:  http://www.bigbend50.com/course-maps/

    Lodging & Camping


    visitbigbend.com 

    Lajitas Golf Resort offers hotel rooms and the Maverick Ranch RV Park offers full service RV & tent camping, showers, laundry and course proximity. Contact Lajitas Golf Resort for reservations.

    Grassy Banks, Lower & Upper Madera and West Contrabando Campground sites in Big Bend Ranch State Park can be reserved through TPWD

    www.tpwd.texas.gov/business/park_reservations 

    Trail Run Course Descriptions

    Fresno Creek 50K Course:  The 50(+/-) K course routes through the Fresno Creek drainage and offers miles of single track beauty. Climbing 1000′ to the midway and returning (mostly) downhill to the finish line. The course offers ample technical sections where runners will utilize foot-eye-balancing skills. Creek crossings, creek sand, creek xing’s and fast hard pack.  

    Quicksilver 30K: 30 (+/-) kilometers of mostly single track circumnavigating the Contrabando Dome. The course is accessed via the Crystal Trail. The route serves up technical and challenging terrain changes, beautiful scenery and more. 

    Rock Dog 10K course: Fun, fast and scenic. Rock dog takes runners North of the Barton Warnock Visitor Center via the Crystal Trail and then back by way of an historic rock quarry site within Big Bend Ranch State Park traversing hand-built single track trails. 

    Start & Finish:10K, 30K and 50K  start & finish Barton Warnock Visitor Center, Big Bend Ranch State Park one mile East of the  Lajitas Resort, Lajitas, Texas.

    Start Times – Sunday Morning 1/20/2019
    7:00 am  -  50 K
    7:30 am  -  30 K
    8:30 am  - 10 K

    Course Closes at 4 pm




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