Explore the most popular Camping trails in Big Bend National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

We stayed at the adjoining primitive roadside campsite, and decided to do this trail when we woke up. Not sure we would of ever found this trail if we hadn’t! It was beautiful, and we continued on past the tinaja a ways before turning back. Seems like you can go for at least another mile or two though the canyon. Over all, it was gorgeous and I think a must do here in Big Bend.

The views are worth everything. Start with the pinnacles and end with Laguna Meadows. We felt it was easier on our knees. All trails says 11 miles, but it was actually 14 miles according to our phones and fitbits. Amazing trail!!

hiking
no shade
off trail
14 days ago

Incredible view! But wow, what a hike. 12.5 miles, we thought it was 11. You have a choice at the start, left or right. We went left, it was very shaded, pretty, but steep. If you go right you’ll be more exposed to the sun, though there are still shaded areas, and it’s not as steep. Left has a lot more switchbacks. My feeling is going right from the start is the easier choice and maybe better for early risers since there are more sun exposure spots. I tagged “off trail” because at the start it was telling us we were off trail, looks like the app has it wrong and is mapped to the road for some reason.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy but beautiful and interesting short hike. Be sure you have an AWD and high-clearance vehicle you get here. Worth the slow drive in!

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Short, but great for exploring.

We hiked the trail counter clockwise. The first half was pretty nice not a lot of rocks, no water sources what so ever. The second half was rocky and had a quit a bit of loose rocks and steps. There was a lot of water available to filter along Boot spring trail. There are also numerous camp sites and compost toilets along the route. The view from the south rim is Awesome!!

hiking
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

This is a very rugged, unforgiving trail. It’s primarily desert terrain with a small section, 2 miles that runs parallel to the Rio Grande. Along this section there are a few overgrown areas with washouts. As mentioned, it is highly recommended to transverse the south fork first due to a fairly steep decent down to the river. If you do the north fork first you will hit this incline/decent midday straining your water supply and endurance. There have been numerous deaths on this trail. The trail is marked with signs at key points as well as rock cairns along the trail. Occasionally, in the washes the cairns can be lost making it difficult to identify the trail. Water is vital on this trail, I packed 7 liters for this hike and took my last drink as I was in view of my truck. In the canyons, you can use the cliffs for shade. Be prepared to utilize these areas for breaks during mid day. Technically, you should be off the trail from 1200 to 1600 due to the tremendous heat. If you find yourself in the flat country during this time, you can pitch your tent and rest in the shade of the tent, it’s better than nothing. I just did this trail 10/04-10/05/19 and I believe it is one of the most beautiful trails in Texas. If you are not acquainted with desert conditions, I’d think twice about setting out on this trail. If you take the challenge, pack plenty of water (I’d recommend 8 liters).

Really awesome trail! We started going up the pinnacle side about 8:30 in the morning. It was a toughy but if you can get past the first 4 miles the rest of the way to the rim is a lot easier. The views of the basin are beautiful on this part as well. The rim is so beautiful and is 100% worth the hike. I can see why people camp up there too. We just did the full hike and came back down and it was about a 9 hour day. We went back down the meadows trail which isn’t as steep so I preferred to go down that way. Our full day trip was about 13-14 miles so I do think this is longer than what it says.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Stunningly beautiful. Amazing this exists in Texas. Very steep and windy road. Narrow and tight in spots.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Last hike in park. Picked this one due to being moderate before a 12 hour drive home. For some it may be monotone of a walk. For me a pure walk with nature. Started early and was only one out there. Nothing but silence. trail is all rocky surface but marked well. Take plenty of water. Desert heats up quick. 2 hour round trip. Don’t recommend doing entire walk across bottom in summer. Be smart...too hot

The peak was a scramble but amazing all around

hiking
2 months ago

You need enough water! Cache water is a must! The terrain has a lot of jagged rocks so you need good solid shoes. Worth the effort as a trail

really amazing trail. beautiful views, spotted 3 black bears. did it in november 2018, not to difficult.

Absolutely awesome trail and amazing reward with the best views in Texas off the South Rim. I started at 7am and ascended via Pinnacles Trail which, with a 30lb backpack, can be a great workout for your legs...but is shaded for most of the elevation gain. Start early and bring plenty of water and it’s not hard. Great views of the Basin and Emory and Casa Grande along the trail. Boot Canyon is beautiful and cool once you’re down in it. Made it up to the South Rim by 10:30 and camped at SE4. Again the views up there are unbelievable. Came back down Colima and Boot Canyon to Pinnacles the next day and the descent is not bad at all, unless you have bad knees. Don’t start up Pinnacles at 10:30 on a summer day like several people I passed and you’ll have a great time!

Got started at 6:15AM and this reduces the impact of the heat. It was cool with a breeze for 90% of the hike, and the trail is stunning. I only experienced heat from 10:30AM and on, so fortunately I had pushed a vigorous pace and was only out there for an hour in the 100-degree temps. One last thing: if you go clockwise do not follow the All Trails start: this is actually closed off, which I only came to understand after crawling over a lot of brush. Hard for me to say exactly how to get where I was alternatively, as I would definitely recommend the clockwise route, just not from the start I experienced.

Hot, hard, but amazing and 100% worth it. Bring at least a gallon of water. Did see a bear, so watch out.

Excellent all day hike and if you have extra energy you can add Emory Peak to the trek. Recommend the clockwise direction from Chisos Basin. The views from the South Rim were amazing! A lot to see along the way, including some deer near the Boot.

What an amazing place! My 10 year old son and I started at Chisos Basin around 11 and made it to our campsite SW4 around 3:30 taking the western side of the loop. Nothing extraordinary about the site itself but the location was awesome in that we were close to the rim and spent a lot of time hanging out there. Went back the next day taking Pinnacle Peak trail on the east side of the loop. It took us just over three hours walking mostly downhill. Only regret was that we didn't have time to hike Emory Peak. If we had known how fast the hike was we would have done the east side on day one and done Emory Peak on the way to the rim. Overall I would definitely recommend the hike. Worth the long drive. Trails were well marked and maintained. Only ran into a few people along the trail. Bring plenty of water. Not fun to have to ration.

This was easily our favorite hike of the trip. We started out on the Pinnacles Trail and added Emory Peak to the loop. The South Rim hike was beautiful all the way through but when you hit the halfway point and look out... that alone makes the distance worth it. Be sure to start early in the day, bring plenty of water(we brought 4L each and drank it all), and maybe some snacks. The trail was very well marked. Just this trail took us about 7 hours.

This trail was amazing! The views are worth the long hike if you’re concerned about the mileage. Would definitely recommend doing this trail!

This trail was amazing! The views are worth the long hike if you’re concerned about the mileage. Would definitely recommend doing this trail!

This trail was amazing! The views are worth the long hike if you’re concerned about the mileage. Would definitely recommend doing this trail!

hiking
bugs
rocky
5 months ago

Wow. This trail is a toughy! Will take between 6-7 hours with stops to take breaks, pictures, and enjoy the views! Right when you think you won’t see anything great on the trail because you are halfway thru...

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Take a LOT of water, I can't stress this enough we did a back country overnight hike and took 2 gallons of water (as recommended 1 gallon per person per day) and it was barely enough we could have stranded at least another half gallon. That said the hike was amazing, views are stunning, and the wildlife abundant, we even saw a mama bear and her cub though they were far enough away that we were safe.

Really hard trail. Takes around 7 hours. Bring a lot of water. At least a gallon. Don’t skimp. Something with electrolytes goes a long way too.

Added the 2.8 miles to summit Emory Peak also.

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