Southern Tier Bicycle Route #3

El Paso, Texas - Del Rio, Texas (522 miles)

  • 2 pages
  • Adventure Cycling Association
  • 978-0-935108-42-2
  • Jun 1, 2011

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El Paso and its environs are hot and desert-like. Road surfaces are often rough and traffic is heavy; avoid riding during rush hours.

The land is flat and dry as you parallel the course of the Rio Grande, which snakes one to six miles away from the route to the south. I-10 parallels the route to the north and carries much of the high speed traffic, leaving primarily local traffic on SR 20, a two-lane road with good riding surfaces. You'll use frontage roads and do some riding on I-10 through flat, desert country to Kent. South of Kent, the country is desolate with a rollercoaster climb into the Davis Mountains. A steep climb up to the McDonald Observatory will reward you with a spectacular view of the surrounding area.

Services are extremely limited between Marathon and Comstock. At Langry the visitor center is a welcome diversion and a source for drinking water. The route is gently rolling from Comstock to Del Rio.

Adventure Cycling maps are created by cyclists, for cyclists, and they are some of the best available for those in search of discovery and adventure in North America. The maps reflect the association's research as well as suggestions from thousands of cyclists who have explored the Adventure Cycling Route Network. Adventure Cycling develops the best cross-country, loop, coastal, and inland cycling routes available, with turn-by-turn directions, detailed navigational instructions for the tricky sections, and elevation profiles in the high country.

The maps are waterproof and designed to fit in a handlebar-bag window or jersey pocket. The maps provide information specifically for cyclists: the location of bike shops, sources for food and water, and listings of overnight accommodations including camping facilities, small hotels, and cyclists-only lodging.


  • 2 pages
  • Adventure Cycling Association
  • 978-0-935108-42-2
  • Jun 1, 2011

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