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Best forest trails in Big Bend National Park

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Explore the most popular forest 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.
Map of forest trails in Big Bend National Park
Park information
Acreage:
801,163 acres
Contact
432-477-2251
Top trails (11)
#1 - The Window Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
The Window Trail begins near the Chisos Basin lodge, descending 800 feet over about two miles through rolling hills and vertical rock walls to a narrow pouroff, which overlooks the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert. The trail is usually dry, but the pouroff area is very dangerous during flash-floods.Show more
#2 - Emory Peak Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h
This is a roundtrip hike to the highest point in Big Bend National Park (7,832'). The last 25 feet require a scramble up a sheer rock wall, but your reward is the ultimate panoramic view! From the Basin Trailhead take the Pinnacles trail for 3.5 miles. At this point, the one mile trail to the summit cuts off and heads upward. For fantastic views and solitude, this trail is hard to beat! Most hikers require approximately 5-6 hours for the roundtrip journey.Show more
#3 - Laguna Meadow Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
#4 - Pine Canyon Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
The road leading to the trailhead may be difficult for 2WD vehicles.Show more
#5 - Emory Peak Loop via Pinnacles & Laguna Meadow
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 5 h 36 m
#6 - Pinnacles Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 28 m
This trail climbs to the base of Emory Peak. It starts near the Chisos Basin ranger station and climbs to a point in between Emory Peak and Toll Mountain. The trail terminates on the Chisos Mountain ridgeline at a junction with the Emory Peak Trail. From there, the trail turns southwest and turns into the Boot Spring Trail which continues southeast towards the South Rim. Show more
#7 - Emory Peak - Northeast Rim - South Rim Loop
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 17.3 mi • Est. 8 h 58 m
#8 - Oak Spring Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
#9 - Juniper Canyon Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 7 h 33 m
#10 - Burro Spring Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
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