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Great hike to the window. It is beautiful. But, definitely a tough uphill climb back. Our kids (ages 6 and 9) struggled to get to the end. Luckily there is ice cream in the general store at the top!

Beautiful hike! The whole family loved this one.

Amazing hiking trail.

Perfect hike to start our time in Big Bend with. Upon reaching the end we went barefoot and walked up the river until we reached the first bend in the canyon. That probably added another mile to our hike. River was shallow (no deeper than 3 feet) and slow but did become rocky the further we pushed. Definitely be aware of weather conditions and be careful wading if you choose to go barefoot. Views in the river and around the bend are awesome, and really made the trail worthwhile!

6 days ago

Started this hike from the Chisos Campground trailhead which made it about 3.6 miles and 500 feet of elevation change. This shortened route wasn't difficult, and we enjoyed the views leading up to the window. The Window at the end is incredible, but very windy. Careful climbing to the edge, as the rock is worn smooth and there is little traction. This trail is perfect if you're trying to do 3-4 short hikes in a day.

View is definitely worth the hike.

The views along this trail are spectacular. That being said, this is a longer hike than advertised. We walked for 1 ½ hours and did not reach the end. Our children ages 8, 10, 11 were exhausted and we had a mutiny on our hands. The entire hike back is uphill and will take well over an hour. Like I said, absolutely gorgeous, just know you are committing to 3 hours, the second half of which is entirely uphill.

Enjoyable enough..a little too crowded for my taste, but worth enjoying the hot spring :)

13 days ago

Easy trail. Perfect for those with mobility difficulties. Location near restaurant and store make it a great pre-or post-meal walk. View at sunset unbeatable.

I started at the state park edge, then hiked this Fort Davis National Historic Site Hiking Trails down to the fort and back. Great trail, easy to follow, very rocky. There are signs at every trail intersection, which was great since I only had the state park map. Highly recommended! Really great views at every turn.

Enjoyed walking this loop, easy hike with dog.

trail running
23 days ago

25 minutes to get down the trail and 30 minutes to get back up. The end of this trail is incredible. Like a dry rock waterfall in a canyon at the end. Well worth the hike. BE Careful if you plan to trail run, there are mountain lions in the desert here. Recommend not running solo.

interesting place to see..

love this hike ...short with so much to see

1 month ago

Gotta love a hike that starts with a descent and ends with you climbing back up! Portion your water appropriately - we saw a few people needing to ask others for refills on the way back. Little to no shade so if you ignite like a vampire when the sun touches you like me, pack lots of sunblock, or better yet, wear UV blocking clothing and a huge hat. Totally worth it for that view at the end. Lots of wasps during this time of year, for those of you that are bee-phobic.

We stopped short of The Hot Springs to enjoy the Rio Grande on our own. Even in February it was warm. As with all trails in this region you need plenty of water. Take a day pack with river shoes and a swim suit.

Nice evening trail

1 month ago

Beautiful view!

Great spot to sit and soak in the Rio Grande. Cool history. Pretty sunsets.

1 month ago

Beautiful scenery. My family and I really enjoyed the hike. My youngest was 6 at the time. She had now problem with it. Would recommend the trail to anyone.

An easy walk which goes into the canyon, following the Rio Grande river. Some great views at the start of the walk. A nice change of scenery from the other, mostly dry desert walks.

A relatively easy walk that heads downhill from the Basin car park... most of the walk is fairly boring, Nice views of the mountains surrounding the Basin, but nothing spectacular. The reason to do this walk is the narrow canyon at the end and the Window, a narrow slit carved out of the mountains. A good spot for sunset.

We walked in Dec. 2017. Very worthwhile walk. Great look at the canyon.

Beautiful and easy trail.

2 months ago

Down hill the whole way out, but was pretty gradual on the way up. I completed this no problem 3 months post pregnancy.

2 months ago

Short easy trail. We did it combining Montezuma Quail loop. Very well marked, but rocky. Good views.

Beautuful trail hard but it’s worth it

Great views and not difficult. Rocky in some places. Would be nice in the spring or fall but hot in the summer; not much shade. Trail is well marked.

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