Explore the most popular Walking 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.

Not one of my most favorite trails in Big Bend but does have great view at the end. Definately moderate not an easy trail as park trails book says.

i do not consifer this an easy hike. lots rocks no shade and our hike was 71 degrees on Jsnuary 23. lots of up and downs. once got there spring was dry.

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

hiking
3 days ago

Make sure you get all the way to the end because it's worth it! Follow the ridge!

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
4 days ago

Shorter trail that gets to the same elevation as Pinnacle. More traffic on trail but good if you don’t have as much time.

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.

Pretty good

hiking
7 days ago

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

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.

on Lost Mine Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail with beautiful views. Not tons of parking so get there early.

hiking
7 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

Great trail with spectacular views of the landscape below on both sides. If you can only do one trail when you go to Big Bend this is the one I recommend. The only thing I would consider is to go early because parking at the trailhead is extremely limited. We got there at 7:00 when the sun had just come up and had no trouble parking. When we got back down the trail at 10:00 or so it was completely full. This is a very doable trail for all hiking levels. There are a group of switchbacks towards the end but they are fairly gradual and easy to manage. This was a great hike!

hiking
8 days ago

Excellent! Pretty doable for many skill levels.

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.

muddy
9 days ago

We caught this trail after a storm came through the evening before, so it was very muddy in places. Views from the top will be spectacular on a non-cloudy day, which we were not blessed with. Trail is well maintained and hike is challenging, but not exhausting.

0.75 from the rv parking lot. Easy hike.

hiking
no shade
rocky
12 days ago

Really great trail. If you can go all the way, the first view you see is the view until the last little bit at the top when you come up over the other side for a different view. Both really great views, but if you aren’t planning to go to the end, don’t push yourself to see more. It’s the same up until the very last little bit. I would hike this again.

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
12 days ago

Felt longer than 4.9 miles. You walk through soft wash most of the way. Kinda cool to walk along the top of the canyon. I did not have to do any boulder scrambles. I took the trail up the right side of the canyon— you really have to rely on cairns to find your way once you take a right out of the wash and start up the canyon, could be difficult after rain. Cairning is caring

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
14 days ago

Wonderful trail. Steady gain in altitude and beautiful views pretty much the entire way. We did this in the morning and that is probably the best time for the lighting.

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