The tiny community of Lajitas, Texas is a wisp of a place, but has some fun mountain bike trails. The area is known for a mining history and now it’s largely a western themed resort complete with a championship golf course. Umm, the community has an unexpected attraction: Clay Henry III, a goat, served a term as mayor of the town. It IS Texas.
We rode a 20 mile loop with 1083’ of climbing. The trail names aren’t very fun; we started on Trail 3. After a loop of that, we did a big loop of Trail 4. See what I mean? The trails are fast and flowy with some sections of technical bits interspersed. There isn’t very much climbing, but it’s all very pedaly. Once we got back past the airstrip into a canyon, the topography was so varied and interesting! We finished on Trail 1B and Trail 2. I know, I know, boring sounding. The trails were a pleasant surprise and the warm temps and sunny skies were welcoming.
Our campspot this week is a stone’s throw from Mexico. Really. The Rio Grande is behind our spot and then it’s Mexico. A giant, rugged cliff rises up on the Mexico side and the mountains stretch out forever beyond. It’s an incredibly dark sky at night and we are able to get some good stargazing in.