Big Bend Conservancy
Not sure about that trail but I can tell you it does take a LONG time to get into the park. The County Road is not paved and although a good road, it is washboard rough. Driving is slow and a long ways. You drive forever and come across the State Park sign and then drive another LONG ways before you get to the HQ.
The Contrabando Dome trail is awesome and highly accessible and there are camp sites both at the trailhead and nearby on the river (paved access to all). I have definitely seen tents set up there, so I am assuming they are official; check at station, but if not the riverside campsites are veey close. There are not a lot of steep climbs. You can register for camping at the Lajitas Ranger station, no need to drive to the north side of the park. The trail is cairn marked because the desert floor does not lend itself to easily visible trails like you might find in other environments. It is a new trail and is extremely well marked with artistic cairns and is easy for someone who has never followed a cairn trail before. Mountain bikes are alowed on the trail, and seeing tracks will also help you be confident you are still on the trail. I highly recommend this trail, and have done both the loop to the right out of the Dome as well as going up to the Flotation Mill and then down the Fresno Creek bed back to the car as per the link above, and prefer to return by Fresno Creek. There are springs in the creek bed but we always just carry enough water for the day anyway since it is just a day hike and there is plenty of room in the pack. Sent from my SCH-I435 using Big Bend Chat mobile app
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