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Big Bend National Park & Far West Texas Ride

The vastness of this ride will seem surreal. Sky islands rise from the desert floor while prickly cacti and javelina dot the landscape. The trip meets in El Paso for a shuttle to the Davis Mountains, home to the famed McDonald Observatory. Then we ride along the Rio Grande to the ghost town, Terlingua, before adventuring into Big Bend National Park. Highlights include Big Bend State Park, the Chisos Mountains, ghost towns, and the majestic Santa Elena Canyon while staying at historic hotels and sampling local eateries. On the way back, you can stay extra days in the artsy town of Marfa.

Proceeds benefit our grants program and you can choose beneficiaries when you register.

Single Supplement Available
Total Mileage
210-310 Miles
Group Size
Fundraising Commitment
Registration Fee $150
Trip Length
5 Days
Recommended Bike
Road (bigger tires recommended) or Gravel

This philanthropic adventure will challenge you and deepen your connection to our public lands. We have daily cycling mileages to suit all types of cyclists. This is a fully supported ride which means that you can choose options that meet your cycling goals. You can focus on pedaling and making connections with your new friends while we take care of everything from overnight details, to meals, snacks, luggage transport, and much more. In registration, you can select from Climate Ride’s full list of beneficiaries. Please learn more in the FAQ below. Climate Ride charitable events bring together bright minds, breathtaking routes for all cycling abilities, and an unforgettable combination of passion and purpose.

What does my fundraising support and why is it so important?

Cyclists can choose from the more than 100 incredible beneficiary organizations in our network! One of the things that makes Climate Ride such an effective charitable event is that you can select the organization(s) you wish to fundraise for from our extensive list of beneficiary organizations. Our beneficiaries were selected for their work on the environment, conservation, sustainability, climate education, and active transportation advocacy. At the end of the year, Climate Ride grants the proceeds from our events to these hard-working organizations.

Travel Information

This trip will meet at 8 AM MST at our host hotel in El Paso, TX. You will most likely need to spend the night before in El Paso. Make sure you eat a big power breakfast to get you ready for the day! We have a 2.5 hour shuttle to the ride start.

The cycling event will end in El Paso on Day 5 around 4 pm. Flight departures from El Paso should be made for after 6 pm.

If you are driving, you can meet up with the ride at our first hotel and leave your car there during the ride. At the end, we’ll drop you to meet up with your vehicle.

Getting To and From El Paso, TX

We recommend arriving in El Paso at least one day before the departure of your trip or before 7 am on Day 1. Cars from home and rental cars can be left in El Paso during the trip.

Flying into El Paso, TX

Airport Code: ELP

El Paso Lodging

El Paso is a popular vacation spot. It is a good idea to book your room well in ad­vance if possible. There are many lodging options in El Paso, but we’ll have some recommendations and an official trip hotel listed here soon, and in your Ride Guide once you register.

After the Ride

We’ll shuttle you back to your car or to El Paso. We highly recommend extending your stay with a visit to Marfa, the sleepy ranching town that has become a world-renowned Minimalist art center thanks to the legacy of artist Donald Judd.

Meals & Accommodations & Single Supplements

All meals and snacks are included once the trip begins (excluding alcohol and additional beverages). If you require or prefer special snacks and electrolyte supplements we recommend that you bring them.

This is an all-hotel trip. A single supplement is available for an additional cost (~$500) if you prefer your own room and there is availability at the hotels (we will reach out after you register). If you sign up as a solo traveler, we will do our best to pair you with a roommate of the same gender.  If we cannot find a roommate, then you will be charged a single supplement fee.

What do I need to bring on the ride?

All riders need to have a bike (see your Ride Guide for bike rental info), helmet, gear, and a suitcase or duffle containing clothes, toiletries, and anything else necessary for several days on the road. The Ride Guide will contain a more detailed suggested packing list. The Ride Guide will be distributed to participants before the event. If you have a non-perishable personal favorite snack or electrolyte brand please feel free to bring some along!

Road bikes (wider tires recommended for comfort) and gravel bikes are recommended for this trip as we’ll be riding on a variety of paved roads.On Day 4, there is an optional section of ‘improved dirt road’. The most important factor in choosing a bike and pedals is your comfort.

Bringing your own bike: Have your bike tuned up before the tour and have any worn-out parts replaced. Please see your Ride Guide for information on how to ship your bike to the ride.

Need to rent a bike? We’ll have an outfitter in El Paso that can provide bike rentals for $400. More information will be available soon.

What is NOT included?
  • Bike & personal cycling equipment (pedals etc). You can rent (see above).
  • Bike helmet (required)
  • transportation to/from the start point
  • travel/med insurance
  • alcoholic beverages or soft drinks
  • optional guide gratuities
  • items of a personal nature
What kind of support can I expect on the ride?

You can expect most experienced and friendliest professional guides. We have rest stops each day with snacks and water, and on-route we have vehicle support that carries luggage, and also functions as a mobile mechanic and first aid station. You can also expect an unlimited supply of camaraderie and encouragement from the Climate Ride guides and your fellow riders!

Cell Phone Service & WiFi

There is limited cell phone access during the day, but there should be service in town and WiFi at hotels.

Fundraising and Transfer Deadlines | Important Dates

Fundraising Deadlines:


Learn more about deadlines and transfers on our Policies page.

Note: If you’d like to register after or near a fundraising deadline, don’t worry, we’re here to help you get up to speed!

More Questions?

Be sure to review our general FAQ and policies or contact us!

Liz Judge

I choose Climate Ride and its programs as my beneficiaries because participating in this event has brought me so much inspiration for my day-to-day work on climate advocacy, and, importantly, so much joy and community in the cause. The people I meet on Climate Ride, including the Climate Ride staff and volunteers, are so inspiring to me. Every year I ride with climate warriors contributing to the solutions in so many ways, and every year I finish the ride feeling renewed and refreshed and inspired – and with new friends and a community that has come to mean so much to me. Not least, this event is so much fun! I’ve been working on climate change advocacy for nearly 15 years, and this is the single-most-fun thing I do year over year. A successful social movement needs fun to succeed, and here it is! So grateful for Climate Ride staff, volunteers, and riders for bringing the fun and inspiration!

Claire FitzGerald
Death Valley National Park

Climate Ride’s combination passionate people and amazing riding creates a magical community like no other. I work in the sustainability space for my job which can be tiring, and climate ride is where I come to recharge. After each ride (I’ve done four now!) I leave feeling a sense of gratitude and fulfillment for my rider buddies what we we accomplished together.

Alejandra Alvarez
Green Fondo Southern California 2023

The Green Fondo SoCal Climate Ride was a life-altering experience for me, someone who picked up bike riding just two years ago. Leading up to this weekend, I was nervous and unsure about what to expect for my first bike tour. Thanks to the support from friends, colleagues, and the Community Leader Award program, I embarked on a challenging fun-filled ride through beautiful Santa Barbara County, a place I am so fortunate to have called home for seven years. I challenged myself to ride the Media route, which took me along some of the most breathtaking scenery- literally! With every labored breath that I took through that nearly 70-mile stretch route, I questioned whether I was insane to be riding a bike this long. However, I mostly looked at the surrounding richly green canyons and felt immense gratitude for the opportunity to experience this place on two wheels. I felt supported by every crew member, rider, and friendly locals, who cheered on as I challenged my body through new extremes. Best of all, I made a ton of new friends with whom I now share such a memorable experience. Thanks, Climate Ride. See you out on the road!