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Best running trails in Big Bend National Park

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Explore the most popular running 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 running trails in Big Bend National Park
Park information
Acreage:
801,163 acres
Contact
432-477-2251
Top trails (11)
#1 - 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
#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 - 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
#4 - Chimneys Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
The Chimneys trail is a moderate hike to a series of prominent volcanic dike formations. Indian rock art marks the base of these high pinnacles. Show more
#5 - Rio Grande Village Nature Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 29 m
#6 - Indian Head Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 50 m
This is a very small trail to some Indian petroglyphs. The area is remote by park standards, but close to Terlingua. You'll rarely find other people along this trail even with the proximity to Terlinqua/Study Butte. Show more
#7 - The Window and Cattail Falls
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 6 h 36 m
Starting off at Chisos Basin, hike down to The Window, and then continue on to Cattail Falls, before returning to your starting location.Show more
#8 - Dodson Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 5 h 44 m
#9 - Mariscal Canyon Rim Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 6 h 28 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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