Explore the most popular off road driving 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
4 days ago

Pine Canyon Trail head is at the end of a 6 mile primitive road. The park recommends 4X4 drive, however we made the trek in Desmond out Honda CRV without noticeable damage. The trial is a easy-moderate 4 mile in and out. The first 1.6 miles are in the sun. Beware of flies, their presence is overwhelming at times. This is where you encounter first of many ecosystems. Next the trail come to a moderately wooded area, and slowly becomes more dense. This is where we encountered two black bear cubs, and momma bear. We never made it to the waterfall due to the presence of the bears. Despite the bears, the changing of ecosystems were exhilarating. Great hike!

Easy hike, only a little climb towards the end to get to the balanced rock, but nothing difficult!

scenic driving
16 days ago

The road is graded gravel & we saw 3 cars coming out of it, so we took a chance. Besides some birds, we saw no other wildlife. Just the cacti. It was interesting to be among the cacti & be a part of the desert (if you can do that in a car).
After about 5 miles the road got really bad - huge washouts & potholes. A car pulling an RPOD passed us going out. We think they were actually camping back there! The campgrounds were full the night before.

hiking
16 days ago

My husband's favorite hike. Easy mile in, then rough rocky incline to the balanced rock (about .2). Great views. The road getting there is challenging. Lots of ruts & washouts. Take you time & above all, don't try traveling the posted speed (25mph).

21 days ago

Phenomenal drive, simply beautiful!
2014 F-150 Supercab 4x4 Ecoboost. Michelin LTX 275/65R18 tires. Some interesting climbs and tight cutbacks. I had to activate the e-locker a couple times. My wife got a bit bruised in some of the rough spots.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great day in the Jeep. Nothing too hard but beautiful views

Bumpy, but great shortcut to Santa Elena. Nice sighting of a primitive structure along the way.

The road was a lot of fun to drive in the Jeep, and the views comprised of vast expanses of desert. Really cool.

Hot/exposed at first but leads into a wooded area with lots of shade!

on Old Ore Road

off road driving
2 months ago

Awesome drive

on Old Maverick Road

2 months ago

Easy drive saw a tour bus taking it with no problem.

A wonderful family hike to Balanced Rock. Kids between ages 4-10 all successfully completed the hike. The gravel road to the trailhead was a little rough the last few miles. Big family fun!!!

This was a fun hike for the kids. Lots of big rocks to climb over. Started to get a little warm in the afternoon sun but that is to be expected

My family loved this hike! The climb up to balanced rock was a highlight for them.

on Pine Canyon Trail

2 months ago

Lovely canyon. Green oasis in the desert. Few visitors. Bear present.

This trail was absolutely gorgeous! A short hike, but absolutely beautiful.

off road driving
2 months ago

Beautiful

Loved this off-road trail. Very pretty in February.

off road driving
2 months ago

Such a blast. Easier than I expected for me and my stock Jeep Wrangler. Very scenic, beautiful trail. Only a couple of spots where actual 4wd was necessary. Look for the spot with the old grave sites on the hill! No signs but looks very historic. Overall, my favorite off-road trail at big bend.

off road driving
2 months ago

2012 non lifted 2 Dr with front Aussie locker. Piece of cake nice drive 2.5 hours with short stops for pics. Go to park before May as the temps will be high. May want to bring water and fuel. Had a great spring break 2018! We went North to South.

great hike with large rocks!

off road driving
3 months ago

Great scenery during the drive. Didn't stop at any sites on the way, but did stop for some amazing photos. Would definitely do again if I had more time.

Really surprised at the end. The rock formations out shown the water hole in the rocks. Stunning and intriguing.

scenery is great but all day travel one side to other is long.
take plenty of water and food.

hiking
4 months ago

I would argue this is borderline a heavily trafficked trail, there were a significant number of people on this trail when we were there. Easy trail until the last 1/4 mile. Some mild climbing at the end of the trail but the view from the backside of the balancing rock is stunning. Be sure to explore around at the end of the trail, there is some novice level climbing / bouldering that can be done safely for some additional spectacular views. Also if you look around in the dry creek bed, there will be plenty of animal tracks to test your knowledge.

The road out isn’t bad with only a few spots that might be a challenge in a passenger car. Saw plenty of cross over vehicles take this road without much effort.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike that offers a glimpse into different habitats. If you’re looking for a nice quiet trail with some potential to see wildlife, this might be your ticket. We saw some deer, signs of javelina, and more birds than we could count.

Less traffic than other parts of the park due to challenging road getting there. Fair warning, the road out could be rough or impassable in low clearance vehicles. 4x4 May be required if it rains.

off road driving
4 months ago

Great drive. Had a Bobcat cross the road right in front of me. Washboardy most of the time. End of December I believe most cars could take this road if you weren’t low low. Wish it was worse so I could use my 4x4. Luna Jacal’s house was a nice pit stop to view.

hiking
4 months ago

I walked in from the south as an adventure through the desert. Glad I did; a normal sedan would have a difficult time not ending up with damage. Worth the extra few miles each way really.

Good luck to the dude in the rental mini van I saw headed in.

Great views the whole way! Late afternoon the lighting gets a bit dark, but still fantastic.

I would caution that the last quarter mile of rocks aren’t exactly “easy.” Not too bad and there is decent grip for shoes, but takes some thinking for foot placement.

Great short hike and it is fun to climb around the boulders once you get up there!

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