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.

19 hours ago

Beautiful hike with interesting things to see along the way. Did not see any bears around noon to 2. Going back up is a killer if you don't like a lot of stair type steps up at the last quarter of a mile.

Just down to the river and back

muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

The trail itself is beautiful and definitely worth the troubles to get to the trailhead. the views from up top are gorgeous and walking through the reeds of the Rio Grande is surreal after being surrounded by desert moments before. Like many others have said, if it has rained recently the entrance is either flooded or knee-deep muddy. Some people choose to traverse the mud, and I even saw one girl doing the hike barefoot with muddy feet since the hike after that point is truly that easy. There is a non-muddy option that requires a lot of climbing up and down very vertical slopes with unsteady shale as the only thing to grab onto. My buddy and I decided to do this option both up and back, but there were some scary moments where we could have easily fallen all the way down to the creek below. The amount of time you save trekking the mud is actually wasted on washing your feet after. Keep that in mind. With that said it was worth it and I'd do that climb again to hike the trail.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Short trail, mostly flat, last quarter mile scrambling up some boulders. Easily done. We saw parents with small children doing it. View at the top is awesome, balanced rock makes a great frame.

My husband and I hiked this trail this afternoon; what a treat. The view at the end is spectacular. As others have said, the trail is downhill until you reach The Window; uphill all the way back. On the way back up we spotted a mama bear and 3 cubs. She and her cubs just sat and watched us and after about 10 minutes wandered off. It took us 4 hours but I take a lot of photos. I am also a little out of shape so probably slower than some.

hiking
7 days ago

We stopped here after a morning hike. Didn’t do the whole trail, just walked to the river. So pretty!

hiking
7 days ago

We drove this portion of the park after a morning hike and stop at the fossil museum. The end wasn’t anything special, but the overlook just after the tunnel was worth the stop.

on The Window Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Nice hike. Saw some huge cacti and plants. Saw wildlife, including a black bear minding his business off to the side.

hiking
7 days ago

We added a section of Pinnacles Trail and were rewarded with amazing views and a pretty little meadow.

hiking
no shade
scramble
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Loved this hike. Go to the end for pretty little waterfall and the window view of the desert. We also hiked about a 1/4 mile up the springs trail for expansive views

Incredible hike, down from the Chisos Mountain Lodge area. Change in scenery and topagraphy are fantastic, make sure you hike all the way to the bottom!

hiking
8 days ago

Good introduction hike to Big Bend. My husband and I hiked the Lost Mine Trail in the morning and then did this one in the afternoon. The first section of the trail you descend into the basin and then move towards the towering rock formations that form the window. Keep in mind for about the first mile there is very little shade so bring sunscreen and a hat and a good amount of water. Once you descend the trail is pretty flat until you reach the last quarter mile. There is some scrambling (very little) over some rocks through the river bed but the trail is still well defined. This is also a pretty well traversed trail meaning that there are quite a few people who hike this trail. The views at the end are spectacular so make sure to go all the way!

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing views of surrounding rock formations with a great variety of vegetation forming shaded areas within the narrows close to the window. Window provided amazing views out to the desert below and made a great lunch spot with the kids.

Really nice trail, after the long gravel drive to the trailhead. I would recommend your trekking poles, as the last quarter mile of the hike is more like rock climbing. The mountain, and the balanced rock is excellent!

0.75 from the rv parking lot. Easy hike.

hiking
12 days ago

My favorite hike to date. The beginning is alright- interesting desert hike. At the end you hike into the window with the cliff/rocks on either side and walk along stairs cut into the rocks. At the very end there’s a drop off, and you get a nice view. The last little bit of the hike before you turn back was absolutely amazing.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
12 days ago

Nice, short scramble at the end, maybe 1/4 of a mile. The balancing rock was pretty cool, too. Be careful on the road out. It’s starts fairly easy but gets progressively worse. You may need a high clearance vehicle. I would definitely do this trail again if I came back.

hiking
12 days ago

Quick easy trail

hiking
12 days ago

It’s interesting to descend first but you have a great view in both directions.

hiking
12 days ago

Fun hike 1.8 to the steep climb then another .25. Even our 3 year old enjoyed the hike

hiking
12 days ago

Winter hike with 4 year old and 1 year old. Great hike and perfect distance.

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