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Best walking trails in Big Bend National Park

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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.
Map of walking trails in Big Bend National Park
Park information
Acreage:
801,163 acres
Contact
432-477-2251
Top trails (35)
#1 - Lost Mine Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
The Lost Mine trail serves as an outstanding introduction the flora and fauna of the Chisos Mountains, only 1 mile into the hike their is a saddle offering stunning views of Casa Grande and Juniper Canyon. The remainder of the trail climbs steeply in and out of juniper, oak, and pine forest. The trail abruptly levels out at the ridge with superb views of Pine Canyon and the Sierra del Carmen in Mexico.Show more
#2 - 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
#3 - 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
#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 - Laguna Meadow Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
#6 - Cattail Falls
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
Note: Users have reported that there is a gate at the trailhead that is sometimes closed. The waterfall payoff makes the long hike down gated road through desert worth every step. Be sure to scramble up the rocks to face of waterfall.Show more
#7 - 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
#8 - Hot Springs Canyon Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
This trail was reported closed (November 30), for up to date closure information, see the park page here: https://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/river_hikes.htm This is a great trail, going along the Rio grande river into the Hot Springs Historic District. The trail has great views and vegetation, some historic sites (Native American carvings!) near the end at hot springs. Show more
#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 - 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
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