Texana Ranch Off Road

NATC MOTOTRIALS Rounds 1 & 2 on April 30 and May 1, 2011

Texana Ranch, Blackwell, TX

Hosted by the Central Texas Trials Association  


Here are a few pictures taken while clearing some areas for sections.


·       N32° 01.863 W100° 22.210  -- 1.5 Miles West of 2191 Ross Road, Blackwell, TX

·       Entrance to pits is on Bowen Rd just West of the intersection of Bowen Rd and Ross Rd, Blackwell, TX

·       The entrance to the pits is NOT the main entrance to the ranch on Ross Rd – do not enter at the Main gate!

·       The ranch is located approximately 10 miles Southwest of Blackwell, TX and 14 miles NW of Bronte, TX  



·       Wednesday April 27: The gate will be open and you may set up camp, but riding is not permitted

·       Thursday April 28: Practice is permitted in designated areas

·       Friday April 29:

·       Practice is permitted in designated areas                                                   

·       Tech Inspection and Registration are open from 3:30 – 6:30pm

·       TdN Safari: 5:30 (A benefit for the TdN team)

·       Saturday April 30: Round One

·       First Rider Out: 9:00am 

·       Tech and Registration are open from 8:00 – 8:45am

·       Sunday May 1: Round 2

·       First Rider Out: 9:00am

·       Tech and Registration are open from 8:00 – 8:45am


·       The Bronte, TX Volunteer Fire Department will be providing event concessions Saturday and Sunday from approximately 10am-6pm. They look forward to supporting the event. Please support the VFD!



·       Ray Peters (Trials Master) c.ray.peters@gmail.com (210) 240-2382

·       Don Hubbard hubtrials@gmail.com (512) 576-8295

·       Texana Ranch Websites: http://texanaoffroad.com/   and http://thetexanaranch.com/

·       Find us on Facebook: Texana Ranch National


Fast Facts:

·       **NO CIGARETTE BUTTS on the ground, or you will be asked to leave**

·       The ranch is large, approx. 4,500 acres. The trials terrain is amazing…

·       Gate fee is $5 per person, per day

·       Internet near clubhouse

·       Restrooms: Port-a-John

·       Absolutely no riding on-site before Thursday April 28th! Practice in designated areas only.

·       The loop will be long (10+ miles) and fast – plan accordingly for gas

·       The loop will be dusty if we’ve had little rain prior to the event (bring a spare air filter, goggles, etc)


TdN Safari: (a benefit for the TdN team – donation suggested – 5:30PM Friday)

·       Grab your bike/ATV, your camera, and your wallet to take a tour of the exotic animals at Texana Ranch 

Swimming Pool Rules:

·       The entire pool is 5' deep. No Glass Containers!

·       Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent at all times. All children 8 and under and children 9-12 who cannot swim must wear a life jacket at all times – no exceptions!

·       Bring your own life jacket.


Lodging & Camping Options:


Camping at the Trials Site:
There is a big flat field with some grass and/or gravel for camping. Approximately 20 RV hook-ups with water and electric are available on a first come first served basis. A few hook-ups have 50-amp service.

·       Fresh water and a dump station are available near the gate.

·       Hook-ups from $25 per night (a bit more for 50 amp service)

·       Camping in the field without hook-ups is Free.



Holiday Inn Express (36 mi) - The official hotel of the Texana National

300 SE Georgia Avenue, Sweetwater, TX 

(325) 235-3500  Ask for Texana National Discount!


McWhorter's Live Oak Lodge (6 mi)
143 Sweet Road, Blackwell, TX 79506-3013 (325) 282-3071 Leave Oma a message.

 $50 - $65 per night. No frills lodging. 9 units. On Oak Creek Lake. No Pets.


Country Inn (14 mi)

201 S State, Bronte, TX 76933 (325) 473-3911 Leave a message

$48 - $54 per night. No frills lodging. 11 units.


Other Sweetwater Hotels:

·       Country Hearth Inn http://www.countryhearthsweetwater.com/ (325) 235-5234

·       Ranch House Hotel and Restaurant http://sweetwaterranchhouse.com/ (325) 236-6341

·       Best Western Inns and Suites (325) 236-6512

·       Sleep Check Inn http://www.sweetwaterlodging.com/  (325) 235-4853

·       La Quinta Inn Sweetwater (325) 236-6887



·       Bronte (14mi): Pizza, Mexican, BBQ

·       Sweetwater (36mi): Numerous restaurants



·       San Angelo (SJT): 58 Miles (American Only)

·       Midland-Odessa (MAT): 140 Miles

·       Lubbock (LBB): 169 Miles

·       Dallas (DFW): 229 Miles

·       San Antonio (SAT): 243 Miles  



Riders Tips

·       Practice will be permitted in the practice area only. Competitors found outside of the practice area will be disqualified. Boundaries will be clearly        marked. The practice area is large.
Bring plenty of gas, you will want to fill up every loop.
Consider bringing MX goggles or wearing sun glasses on the loop if its dry.
If a buffalo is on the loop, go around it, it won't move for you.
Bring plenty of tire repair items and tubes. You will probably want to carry some in your water pack. The loop will be groomed for cactus, but         other areas of the ranch can have quite a few.
No cigarette butts are allowed to be thrown on the ground. Some sand buckets will be in the pits.
A rider packet will be handed out at tech. The packet will list other tips not posted here.