DISTANCE: 26MI / 42KM
START: 8AM / CUT-OFF: 8PM
Stage 1 highlights the varied and often very technical terrain in Big Bend straight away. From soft sand and jagged rocks, to gravel river beds, loose cliff-side rocks, and packed gravel roads, you’ll pass through the Llano down towards what used to be two large waterfalls. As you begin entering the canyon towards the Fresno Cascades there may be some water still flowing. Stage 1 has a challenging, 1500ft descent and climb between miles 10-16 and then slowly gains in elevation to the finish at Papalote Encino campsite. Sunrise here should provide an amazing burning red and orange hue on the horizon.