The Around the Bend rally is an annual 4 day motorcycling rally in the Big Bend region of Texas. It occurs Thursday – Sunday, March 23-26, 2017. All riders are invited to attend on their street legal motorcycles (there is no legal, public off-road riding in the Big Bend area so all motorcycles have to be properly tagged and registered). The majority of attendees ride dual sport adventure bikes but there are always some street-only riders in attendance.

What kind of rally is this? It is a motorcycle rally open to one and all. Street-only, adventure, and dual sport riders are all invited to attend. Come by yourself or bring some friends. Ride when you want and where you want. Have an adventure. Got a few extra days off? Then come out early. Or stay a few days late. The main point is to have fun.

Street riders There are some awesome paved roads in the Big Bend area that really shouldn’t be missed, especially if you are a Texas motorcyclist. In fact, Hwy 170, aka “River Road” is one of the top 5 motorcycling roads in Texas.

Dual Sport and Adventure Riders Lots of dual sport riders show up to ride the Big Bend boonies, so if you’ve always wanted to go play in the dirt at Big Bend but just haven’t made it yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so.

The rally format consists of:

Thursday, March 23rd: 6 pm – 8 pm, rider meet & greet, dinner & drinks, High Sierra restaurant

Friday, March 24th

  • 7 am, breakfast at the Big Bend Motor Inn restaurant
  • 8:30 am, riders meeting, Big Bend Motor Inn restaurant parking lot
  • 8:45 – 5 pm, organize a group and ride wherever you want
  • 5 pm – 9 pm, drinks at the porch, dinner at the Starlight Theater

Saturday, March 25th

  • 7 am, breakfast at the Big Bend Motor Inn restaurant
  • 8:30 am, riders meeting, Big Bend Motor Inn restaurant parking lot
  • 8:45 – 5 pm, organize a group and ride wherever you want
  • 5 pm – 9 pm, drinks at the porch, dinner at the Starlight Theater

 

Sunday, March 26th End of rally

Ride HQ: The El Dorado motel is ride HQ.

Make your reservations now – every motel in the Terlingua area will be completely booked during the rally. If you wait you won’t find a room in the area and will have to make other arrangements.

Sleeping: Need a place to sleep? The El Dorado hotel in Terlingua is “hotel central”. Their phone number is 432-371-2111. They always get booked, so make your reservations now. For other motel options in the area, see the Big Bend ride guide or Google.

Can we ride in Mexico? Absolutely. There is a really awesome canyon (Peguis Canyon) about 25 miles south of Ojinaga, Mexico that is well worth a visit. You don’t need to do any paperwork to visit it either; just cross the border and head south, you can’t miss it. Bring your passport or passcard though, because you will need it to get back into the United States.

Is it safe? Mexico sure is close. As of this writing all the border drug stuff you’ve been hearing about on the news hasn’t been an issue in the Big Bend region.