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John Fektion reviewed Inks Lake Devils Backbone Trail
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Awesome day for hiking! Weather was perfect!

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Phong Lê reviewed Sitting Bull Falls Trail
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Scary near the top with some cliffs but really great views. Very rocky and not much shade.

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Isa Martinez reviewed Inks Lake State Park Loop
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very easy 1 mile trail

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Tuff, but rewarding

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David Unsworth reviewed Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
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Definitely one of the most beautiful state highpoint trails in America...this is not to be missed. I would say it's a bit more challenging than its distance and vertical gain would suggest. This mountain is no joke. I arrived quite late in the day, and endured a lecture from the park ranger who recommended I tackle a nature trail, suggesting it was too late in the day to start Guadalupe Peak. She said it generally took 6-8 hours (which I found out later was not too far off the mark). I told her I planned to do it in 4...and then she informed me that the parking lot by the trailhead was full, so my first challenge would be finding parking. I finally found a spot in a lot about 0.6 or 0.7 miles from the trailhead, which was a bummer. The trail is absolutely beautiful, and the terrain is somewhat challenging...it's a curious mix of dirt, pebbles, flat stones, and large somewhat jagged rocks. None of it is particularly technical or difficult, but be careful around the rocky terrain, especially as you are coming down. The trail was packed, so I'd recommend trying to go on a weekday if you can. The trail can essentially be divided into two parts: first, a long series of rocky switchbacks climbing up to a rocky promontory...from all of this terrain, you can see the parking lot. About halfway into the hike, you will cross around this promontory, and enter a more forested area which looks quite different. After hitting a lot of state highpoints which (frankly) have little to see, there is no similar complaint on this trail. You will love every minute of this hike, and the extraordinary views will power you through the challenging gain and painful switchbacks. Once you get to the top, there is a plaque commemorating a stagecoach mail route, sponsored by American Airlines. Strange...but, it does serve as a nice marker of the state highpoint. To the south you will see a very interesting mesa-type structure, which is forested and sloped on the north side, and features almost-vertical rocky cliff on the south side (which you can't see). I didn't see a trail down there, but that would make for a spectacular addition to a day hike for some intrepid souls. All in all, it took me 5.5 hours on this trail (so the park ranger was not far off the mark). Walking the extra 1.2 or 1.3 miles to and from the overflow lot was brutal. A few other notes. Bring $10 cash per person to leave in an envelope to pay. (If you don't have cash you can also leave your credit card information on the envelope, but that seems kind of sketchy). Also, there is a visitor center open daily from 8am to 4:30pm...this ended up saving my behind, as I was able to buy a couple of bottles of Powerade there to supplement the meager amount of water I brought.

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Roxy Wacyk reviewed Santa Elena Canyon Trail
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Stunning trail. Absolute must do in your time in big Bend. We walked in the river on the way back for about half the trail, which was amazing. We started at around 630 in April 10, and the temperature was great. Did it barefoot which was fine - just walk slowly.

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Allison Gunther reviewed Estufa Canyon to Banta Shut-In
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fun trail! rocks are cool. so I hiked this trail back in January so I don't remember exactly where this was, but on my way back from the shut in I noticed that somebody put a rock arrow in a wash that was NOT the correct route. I didn't mess with it because idk it might lead to something but it sure doesn't lead back to k-bar

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Kim Small reviewed Boquillas Canyon Trail
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Very unique hike. Merchants from Mexico had their wares to sell along the way and close encounters with burros and horses. Another chance to dip your toes in the Rio Grande at the end and be serenaded by the locals across the way. Don’t miss this one!

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Kim Small reviewed Santa Elena Canyon Trail
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Nice short hike to cool waters. Very warm so hydrate and wear proper coverage for the sun. All ages able to do. Enjoy!

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Carley Dolezal reviewed Boquillas Canyon Trail
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Super easy hike but such a lovely experience. Full of culture. We stopped here spontaneously before we were heading out of the park and don’t regret it!

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Susan Harris reviewed Santa Elena Canyon Trail
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Loved it! GPS all over the map so suspecting it doesn’t work in the canton well. Was confused by prior recordings. Steps i and down at first then flat/easy after. Short trail as a big rock blocks the end.

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Mike Marquez reviewed Devil's Hall Trail
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Super awesome

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Vincent Anthony reviewed Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
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The views from the peak are well worth the trip. Make no mistake, it's a tough climb though.

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Katie Cardenas reviewed Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
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My friend called this hike "demoralizing" and it's the perfect description . It certainly feels like a never ending trail and you think the peak must be around every corner, only to turn the corner and see it climb even higher. With that being said, it was worth it! Reaching the top feels like such an accomplishment! Beautiful views and even higher than it looks from the road. Very windy, tighten hat and wear a face sock to protect lips from wind burn. We took dozens of breaks along the way up to stop for water and energy snacks. Even with those stops we completed it in 5hrs and 20mins with a lunch break on top. Take lots of snacks/water, steady your pace, take all the breaks you need - slow and steady wins the race! You'll feel like an extreme athlete having completed this feat.

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Great views of the surrounding mountains all along the way. It does get crazy windy though, so tighten your hat and bring a jacket or wear long sleeves. It gets a bit chilly at the top and in the shade depending on the time of year/day. The climb itself isn’t particularly difficult, but beware of the loose rocks and wind on some narrow sections of trail.

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AllTrails User reviewed Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail
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Definitely a nature trail. More of a let down based on what was written. Good for young kids or less mobile people or free time.

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R Philips reviewed Closed Canyon Trail
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What a beautiful slot canyon! The beginning/end was hot and with no shade. But once you get into the canyon, you can find shade. My boys (and us adults) loved climbing up and down the rocks, parkour-style, though this might be difficult for those with mobility issues. This is one of our favorite trails at Big Bend (national/state parks).

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R Philips reviewed Santa Elena Canyon Trail
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This was our favorite hike at Big Bend. The views were great as you start by going up via switchbacks and then head down to the Rio Grande. It was HOT with no shade until you ger close to the river. Find a shaded rock there to sit on and enjoy the view. We took an alternate route back by walking in the river. Just beware rhat it gets really rocky as you get back to the starting point. Bring water shoes.

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AllTrails User reviewed Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
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Nice drive with many pretty views and pull offs for information or hikes of all different lengths

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R Philips reviewed Boquillas Canyon Trail
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We loved this hike, which was spectacular enough in and of itself. But for us what made it a five-star was the horses and donkeys we saw along and beside the trail. The beginning is a steep climb. You go down to the Rio Grande for a great view and back.

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AllTrails User reviewed Santa Elena Canyon Trail
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Beautiful walk along the canyon wall. Before sunset provides amazing colors

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We took the river route and found a great place to swim with hot springs flowing down from the Mexico side. Getting there was HOT. But we walked back in our wet bathing suits, which was nice. You can also buy handmade Mexican souveniers that are set out by the local villagers.

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