GO: FM 170 Between the mountains and the Rio Grande

March 21, 2012
Cholla in bloom. Big Bend Country, Texas. Photograph by Valerie Asensio.

Cholla in bloom. Big Bend Country, Texas. Photograph by Valerie Asensio.

 

Big Bend Country RegionFM 170 between Study Butte and Presidio has been voted to the BEST IN TEXAS by readers is many categories including the #1 Best Road in Texas. It’s more than a little off the beaten path, but it’s so worth it.

Wildflower Season

Late winter rains, although rare, result in an incredible sight of the high desert in bloom.  The other-worldly looking ocotillos shoot red spikes of blooms from the ends of their spiny branches. The prickly pears, echinocereus cactus, and all varieties of succulents that usually only display spikes and thorns, erupt in rich yellow, orange, and magenta hues.  The Big Bend bluebonnets (Lupinus havardii), some at a foot tall, seem as if they could reach up and touch your feet as you ride by. This is a must-see for anyone who loves mountainous desert landscapes.

The most dramatic miles of Texas' FM 170 are those that run alongside the Rio Grande. It's a spectacular ride. Photograph by Valerie Asensio.

The most dramatic miles of Texas' FM 170 are those that run alongside the Rio Grande. It's a spectacular ride. Photograph by Valerie Asensio.

 

GO: FM 170 Between the mountains and the Rio Grande



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This edition covers FM 170, along with other great river roads in Texas.

Vol 13 No 3 Rolling with the Rivers

Vol 13 No 3 Rolling with the Rivers

Vol 13 No 3 Rolling with the Rivers


 

Events

FREE

ALR #208 Bike Nite

February 23 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

American Legion Riders Post #208 will be hosting Bike Nite at Conroy’s Irish Pub. Come out and enjoy the fun, live music, door prizes and raffles!
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FREE

2019 Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum

February 23 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

This year’s Texas Statewide Motorcycle Safety Forum will provide important information to riders, instructors, and traffic safety professionals who are interested in improving rider safety. The Forum is FREE to attend and lunch will be provided (does not include nightly stays at the Y.O. Ranch). Topics will include: Identification of the extent of the rider safety problem. Activities that TxDOT, DPS, NHTSA, FHWA, and AMA are doing to improve rider safety. Legislative activities in Texas….
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$20.00

Gurene Country Ride

February 23 @ 12:00 pm

It’s Gruene in the Texas Hill Country! Time to check out the beautiful wildflowers on this ride! Please come join ALR 208 for some Wind Therapy! Registration begins: 12:00 pm Kick Stands Up: 1:00pm Donation: $20 per Rider – Includes Poker Hand Passenger – FREE $10 per Passenger for Poker Hand * Minimum of 15 paid riders to hole Poker Ride Ends at Conroy’s Irish Pub, 9190 Fair Oaks Parkway, Boerne, TX 78015 Proceeds benefit…
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Free

2nd Annual Vintage Bike SMASH UP @ MotoLiberty – Dallas

February 24 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

  It’s a meeting of the Classic Motorcycles and the Contemporary Customs when the North Texas Norton Owner’s Association and their collection of Vintage Bike mingle with the Cafe Customs of the Denton Moto Collective at MotoLiberty’s 2nd Annual Vintage Bike Smash Up. The theme is “Young meet the Old”. This eclectic assortment of motorcyclists and their machines is a once a year affair jointly hosted by the NTNOA and the Denton Moto Collective at Dallas’ top gear shop, Moto…
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$175

Eurosport Cycle’s Spring Track Day

March 11

Eurosport Cycle’s track day is designed for street riders. It will be held at Motorsport Ranch in Cresson, TX. You use your own street bike and street riding gear (protective jacket, pants, and gloves, full face helmet, boots over ankles). No leathers or special set up needed for your bike. It’s pretty laid back with small groups and plenty of one on one instruction. If you’ve ever thought of doing a track day this is…
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