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Best wildlife trails in Big Bend National Park

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Explore the most popular wildlife 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 wildlife trails in Big Bend National Park
Park information
Acreage:
801,163 acres
Contact
432-477-2251
Top trails (41)
#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 - Emory Peak via South Rim Trail and Boot Springs Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 8 h 6 m
#4 - 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
#5 - 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
#6 - Balanced Rock Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 55 m
This scenic trail covers 2.2 miles round trip and ends at a spectacular balanced rock formation. Grapevine Hills Trail is an easy hike up a sandy wash surrounded by massive boulders. After 1 mile the trail ascends to a low saddle at the end of the drainage. Follow the signs to locate the giant "window" of boulders. This is one of the most picturesque spots in all of Big Bend NP. Kids love this trail! The trailhead is located 7 miles down the Grapevine Hills Primitive Road. Ask a ranger about current road conditions.Show more
#7 - 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
#8 - Laguna Meadow Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
#9 - 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
#10 - 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
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