Tejas 1300 International Adventure Ride

The Tejas 1300 is a six-section, 1330 mile dual sport adventure ride in the Texas hill country, Big Bend, and northeast Mexico. Not for the faint of heart or unprepared, this ride includes the finest dirt and paved roads in this part of the world.


Hill Country Day Rides

I live in the southwest Austin metro area so my day rides into the Texas hill country start and end in Austin.  If you are in the Austin or San Antonio area looking for a fun day ride, here are some that I recommend:

 Crossing the Colorado River:  This 260 mile route begins at TJ’s KTM in Austin and travels northwest to a low water crossing of the Colorado River at Shaw’s Bend.  Once across the river the route heads south via some of the better dirt roads in the area.  After a bite to eat in Llano the route heads southeast back to Austin.

Enchanted Rock – Salt Branch – Luckenbach:  This route begins west of Austin and travels past Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.  Beyond that you will continue west on some fun hill country dirt roads with a few low water crossings.  The route then loops south and east to Luckenbach, Texas.  After a relaxing visit at Luckenbach it’s pavement all the way back to Austin.

 Inks Lake – Llano – Sandy Creek:  This route begins at TJ’s KTM store in Austin and travels west on some of the most popular twisty roads in the area, including Lime Creek Road and Park Road 4.  Once you arrive in Llano I suggest having lunch at the world famous Cooper’s BBQ, located on Hwy 71 on the west side of Llano.  The route to Llano is all pavement – the dirt shows up shortly after leaving Coopers.  After some fun dirt roads you will head east on the superb CR 315 and multiple crossings of Sandy Creek.

Shakedown Ride

The routes are .gpx files for use with a GPS and/or gps software on your computer.  I don’t know of a way you can view these files without a GPS or GPS software on your computer.  Routes are created in basecamp using City Navigator North America.  To download the routes:

1.  Hover your mouse over the title of the route (the highlighted text)

2.  Right click on the route and save it to your computer.  Note where you are saving the file to.

3.  Open the route as you normally open routes using your gps software and/or export the file to your gps as you normally do.


Rides — 21 Comments

    • My apologies. I’m not sure why the links stopped working but I believe I have fixed them. Please try to download them again.

    • Hi, Don.

      There are lots of fun dirt roads west of San Antonio, in the Kerrville area. However, they are public roads, built and maintained by the counties they are located in, so your ATV will have to be street legal if you want to ride those roads. We have very little public land in Texas and there are no public off-road riding areas in central Texas. Which means we do all our riding on public roads or at private off-road riding areas (a google search will turn up any private, pay-to-ride, off-road parks around San Antonio). If your ATV is street legal then the hill country ride guide that I sell will point you to the best dirt roads in hill country.



      • Hi, Randy.

        I just tested and was able to download all the routes. I’m not sure what may be preventing you from downloading the routes but the links did work for me.



  1. Hi Rich,

    Thanks for all of the great information on your site! I can’t wait to plug in these GPS routes to start adventuring around Austin.

    Quick question: how would these rate against your proposed Class 1-4 rating system? Are they all Class 1s? I have a heavier adventure bike.



  2. I’m going to try these out in my 4Runner TRD Pro soon. I’ve been looking for some good adventures in Texas (I live in the Corpus Christi area), and they’re pretty hard to find. I can’t thank you enough for this.

    • Hi, Andrew.

      I don’t know how gps files work in google maps so I can’t help with your issue. I don’t use google maps to display/view gps files and am not familiar with the process.

      As an FYI, I just downloaded the file and the route is showing correctly on my gps.



  3. Not sure when the routes were made, but I tried a mix of them today….did about 235 miles in total around Llano combining them, and only hit about 4 total miles of dirt. Everything else was paved or chip & seal….so apparently a lot of these roads are no longer dirt/adventure routes. It seemed like most of the side roads I saw were either private or chip & seal. I’m new to the area, so I certainly don’t know the entire Hill Country yet, but I’d put up a disclaimer or possiblyi update the routes.

    • Hi, Craig.

      The unfortunate reality of life in Austin is that it is a long ride to the dirt. Most of the county roads within 70 miles of Austin are all paved. The routes I’ve posted include some of the best county roads I know of. I wish there were more dirt roads close to Austin for us to ride but, alas, that is not the case.

      If you want to explore the hill country and then provide some new routes, I would be pleased to host them here.



  4. Hello Everyone. I am wondering if any of you are still riding? Im from Austin and looking for some riders to ride with.Im not sure where the best rides are so im looking for some friends to go on adventures with. I ride a Super Tenera. Please let me know. If there are some GPX files I can download that woult would be awsome also. tHANKS!

    • Hi, Donny.

      Yes, we are still riding. There is an organized Austin adventure ride the first Saturday of every month plus we have other scheduled rides and rallies throughout the year. The best place to stay up-to-date on all the latest scheduled events is the dual sport adventure forums at Two Wheeled Texas at http://www.twtex.com/forums. Every planned ride and event gets posted there and you will be able to find others to ride with.



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