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Best kid friendly trails in Big Bend National Park

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Explore the most popular kid friendly 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 kid friendly trails in Big Bend National Park
Park information
Acreage:
801,163 acres
Contact
432-477-2251
Top trails (33)
#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 - Santa Elena Canyon Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
This trail begins at the end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Although a short trail, it is one of the grandest spectacles in the park. After crossing Terlingua Creek, the trail climbs several short switchbacks and then gradually descends along the banks of the Rio Grande. Hikers are surrounded by lush riparian vegetation and 1,500-foot towering vertical cliffs of solid limestone. The trail ends where canyon walls meet the river. Take a lunch and enjoy the scene. Note: Following rains, flash floods, or periods of high water, Terlingua creek can be impassable, effectively closing the trail.Show more
#3 - Balanced Rock Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 55 m
This scenic trail covers 2.2 miles round trip and ends at a spectacular balanced rock formation. Grapevine Hills Trail is an easy hike up a sandy wash surrounded by massive boulders. After 1 mile the trail ascends to a low saddle at the end of the drainage. Follow the signs to locate the giant "window" of boulders. This is one of the most picturesque spots in all of Big Bend NP. Kids love this trail! The trailhead is located 7 miles down the Grapevine Hills Primitive Road. Ask a ranger about current road conditions.Show more
#4 - Boquillas Canyon Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 38 m
A beautiful canyon on the Rio Grande The trail starts in a parking area at the end of the Boquillas Canyon spur road, and climbs over a low hill and drops down to the river.Show more
#5 - Window View Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
A short, nearly level paved trail with a great view of "The Window" formation and the Chisos Mountains. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least four feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle (all estimated under 5%) and the park website considers it wheelchair accessible so most wheelchair and stroller users will likely be able to traverse the trail.Show more
#6 - 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
#7 - Ernst Tinaja Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 51 m
1.4 miles roundtrip. A short walk up a sandy wash leads to a canyon of highly-convoluted rock layers. A short walk up a sandy wash leads to a canyon of highly-convoluted rock layers. The large natural tinaja holds water all year long. Be careful near the tinaja's edge. Over the years deer, javelina, and even mountain lions have been found drowned in this tinaja. The trailhead is located off the Old Ore Road, 5 miles from the southern end near Rio Grande Village. High clearance vehicles are necessary to reach this enjoyable trail. A primitive campsite is located near the trailhead.Show more
#8 - Basin Loop Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
#9 - Tuff Canyon Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 28 m
This short hike highlights some of the varied and interesting rock formations that can be found in Big Bend. Start off near the waypoint marked "Trailhead" and follow the path of the trail towards the southwest. Off in the distance sits Castellan Mountain, which dominates the sky in this part of the park. The path slopes down to the mouth of the canyon and then makes a near 180 degree turn and heads northeast into the canyon.Show more
#10 - Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 30.9 mi
A standard paved National Park Service road with great scenic views of rocky vistas and pretty desert wildflowers.Show more
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