views

no dogs

hiking

walking

nature trips

birding

wild flowers

kid friendly

wildlife

river

forest

off road driving

camping

trail running

scenic driving

backpacking

historic site

Named for the Bend of the Rio Grande along the USA Mexico, this park has part of the Chihuahuan Desert, ancient fossils, and cultural artifacts of Native Americans.

Great views for not a lot of effort. It's all uphill but at a manageable gradient and distance. It's a popular hike so consider getting there early to find parking

off road driving
4 days ago

Black Gap has some definite pucker spots but doable if you take it slow. I ran the trail in my 2017 Jeep Wrangler JKU Rubicon with no issues to get the Jeep Badge of Honor. Follow IG @dirtydeeds_jku

off road driving
5 days ago

Road as passenger in a Jeep Rubicon. Knarly road but well worth the time to drive.

scenic driving
5 days ago

Nice drive with lots of places to pull off and explore

off road driving
5 days ago

Tight road, rocky but easy to navigate.

hiking
5 days ago

Fantastic hike with a great view at the end.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hiking trail. I little more strenuous than I expected but not horrible. The last little bit is steep. Saw a lot of bear scat on the trail and saw two bears.

hiking
5 days ago

Pretty good pull to the top and then 1.5 miles out the trail which is very much the same kind of terrain. Rock wall scramble isn’t bad at all. Just keep you mind on what you are doing and put one hand and foot in front of another. Views are great but it can get a little crowded up top.

hiking
5 days ago

Very nice easy hike with great views at the end. I used this as a break the next day after Emory Peak and then hit South Rim. Very nice.

Excellent hike with great views. Hike has many different ecosystems and the view is as good as it gets. Pretty good pull to the top but well worth it. You can hit Emory peak on the backside as you are finishing up.

A wonderful hike with beauty at every turn. I am 61 and fit and thought this hike was very doable. If you’re not young, I recommend going up Laguna Meadows and down Pinacles. Pinacles probably would hAve done me in if I had used that route for my assent. We started at 9 am and finished the 12.5 mile hike at around 6:15 pm, stopping for lunch and breaks along the way....,,..so, it’s a full day hike. There are some really steep climbs to consider. I would say this is a hike for any age, but you should be pretty fit to do it.

Great short hike that leads you to Balanced Rock. There is some climbing to get there, but so worth it. If you are a photographer, this is a great place for sunrise!

Did this as a day trip in December. Just want to point out it is quite doable as a day trip given it is done in the winter and you’re used to doing 25-30 mile hikes. Started with Dodson trail, which is actually fairly mild and undulating. Up juniper canyon in he heat of the day tough but doable. Smooth sailing down the blue creek canyon into the sunset. Awesome hike, right among my top hiking experiences.

Not difficult until the end, where the creek crossings can be difficult due to slippery rocks. Great hike.

hiking
10 days ago

I'm a relatively inexperienced backpacker, having done maybe a dozen 2-3 night camping trips and this was definitely one of the more challenging ones I've done, mostly bc of the elements (heat and lack of water).

Route: Clockwise from Chisos Basin Visitor Center + Southwest Rim (~35 miles)
Day 1: Visitor Center up the Pinnacles, down Juniper Canyon to the Dodson Trail. I wish I had made it to Fresno Creek so I could have binged on water, but I ran out of daylight.
Day 2: Stopped at Fresno Creek for coffee, then to Home Ranch for lunch and up Blue Creek to the South Rim. I camped at SW4, which was close to this great overlook on the Rim, made for some great pics.
Day 3: Out of food and low on water, I couldn't sleep and hiked out at 4AM. I bypassed the full South Rim trail and went straight to Boot Canyon so I could refill at Boot Spring. Then on the Colima Trail to Laguna Meadows Trail.

Would not recommend the early departure for two reasons. One, the South Rim has epic views, and sunrise there looks incredible. Boot Canyon is also worth seeing, and though it was nice to observe it by moonlight, I knew I was missing out. Second reason, I saw a mountain lion on the trail and those things terrify me. Should have just waited until sunrise.

Stupidly, I only brought capacity to carry 3L of water. This made for a light pack, which was nice going up the Pinnacles on Day 1 and up the Blue Creek Trail switchbacks on Day 3, but I was pretty dehydrated by the end of it. I should have brought another 2L empty bladder with me and filled it at Boot Spring.

It's definitely worth reading through Big Bend Chat forum on water sources and caching at Home Wilson Ranch. Just be familiar with what you're looking for. I got water at Boot Spring (which is marked with a sign) about five miles into Day 1, and Fresno Creek early on Day 2. Thankfully there were some extra gallons at Home Wilson, too, that I binged on and took 3L with me to camp up on South Rim, then refilled again at Boot Spring early on Day 3 and hiked out. In hindsight, this was stupid bc Boot Spring could have run dry (Dodson Spring had gone dry just a day before I got there) and it would have been a tough dry Day 3 hike.

General Thoughts:
- Top three hike of my life
- November is a terrific time to do it. Highs around 80, lows in the mid-40's, decent amount of water on the trail (though you obviously can't bank on this).
- Glad I camped on South Rim, the sunset views were absolutely stunning.
- All of the trails up around Chisos Basin, Emory Peak, South Rim, etc. are extremely well defined and well-marked. It's out in the zoned camping areas where you have to be careful (Juniper, Dodson, Blue Creek)
- The rangers were super helpful; the only thing they gave me a hard time on was that I didn't cache water. She "strongly encouraged" me to cache water at Home Wilson; I didn't, but she was right.
- Should have brought sun block, long sleeve shirt and a sun hat for Dodson Trail and Blue Creek. There is very very little shade out there.
- The caution about losing the trail is not entirely overreaction. There are cairns, but some get knocked out from flash floods, or are pretty far apart. I lost the trail on Dodson a couple times, but backtracked easily enough and found it. I could have saved twelve bucks on the Nat Geo map and just printed one out from Big Bend Chat.
- Do it in November! High of 80, low in the mid-40's and some water already out there (though it's tough to bank on this). This would have been much more challenging in the summer, and miserable to carry all that water. I probably would have cut out the South Rim and done it on a long day hike based from Chisos or something.
- You could start/finish from Homer Ranch and cut out the Chisos Basin, but I'm glad I didn't. The Chisos was pretty nice, and the long early morning walk down Laguna Meadow after camping on South Rim on night 2, so relaxing and great way to wind down the trip. Plus, you can then binge on ice cream at the camp store.

Fun, tough hike with amazing views on the rim. I recommend going up Laguna meadows for an easier climb. We've done it as an overnight and a day hike with the overnight giving you the rim all to yourself in the morning. Either way the views are worth it.

Beautiful, beautiful hike! My favorite in the park. Fairly strenuous for those not in the good shape. I’m 43 and in reasonably good shape, and my feet and knees were on fire. Well worth the discomfort though! Cold beer and ice packs back at camp.
Don’t forget the west rim- it’s not marked. After the south rim, instead of immediately following the path to the right to Laguna Meadows trail, head straight up for another stunning vista to the west. Adds about .25 miles to the hike.

hiking
12 days ago

This hike is simply a must if you’re in Big Bend. Pinnacle trail on the way up is a real bruiser with its elevation gain, however the trail up to the peak is moderate. Some folks won’t want to climb up the rocks to summit the peak but it’s really not too bad and very well worth it. If you do, look to the west and enjoy the sun illuminating the north wall of Santa Elena canyon on the park’s western border. Stunning views.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice, quick. easy walk. It's interesting to imagine how the Nail's survived there.

hiking
13 days ago

We have hiked about 10 of the trails at BB. This is one of the better hikes. It is easy, with one area of steep incline. The rest is a gradual incline. It took us 2.2 hours, with a 15 minute break at the falls (it was still flowing).

AllTrails quit working so we just followed the rock trail. Super easy.

If you have weak ankles, wear your boots, it saved my ankle a couple of times.

This was a fun off road trail. If you are planning on camping back here start early as the drive is quite lengthy. We stayed overnight on Talley right off the river. The long drive was well worth it but if you plan to drive all the way down Talley to the Rio Grande I would recommend having a four wheel drive vehicle with high clearance. there were a couple deep obstacles that I wasn't sure our truck would make it over. A nice jeep would have no problem. We were very secluded the entire time only passing a few other vehicles the entire drive.

Strenuous hike. Great views. We combined this with Emory Peak and it took 8 hours hiking . Total of 16 miles.

I started at around 5 AM from the basin on Laguna Meadows side. Saw no one. Mild weather in the 50s, It was great transition from moonlight to sun rise. The sun rays made a great arc at the rim. I spent alone at the top for about half an hour enjoying the view and the solitude. It was very windy. Came down via Pinnacles, saw a lot of people then. Since I started very early, I carried only 3 liters of water. I ended up using only 2.5 liters anyway. Took me 7 hours.

Very beautiful views. Had to cross knee deep water and climb a muddy embankment to get to the trail.

One of my favorite trails. If you’re not sure how to get there, ask someone at the visitor’s center. It’s not on the map. It’s a short hike with a big payoff! He waterfall is still flowing good!

The entire trail took about three hours with a few breaks. Parking is very limited around busy times so we ended up having to park about a mile away and walk to the trailhead which isn't a big deal. We saw a bear about half a mile into the trail snacking on something. He didn't seemed to be bothered by people at all. the view from the top is great and is a comparable height to emory peak without having to hike all day long.

hiking
20 days ago

Great views from the peak. Can be shroaded in early morning mist first thing.

backpacking
20 days ago

Did an overnight backpack hike of Southrim loop the weekend of Nov 10th. PERFECT weather. We went up Laguna since we had 30lb packs. We carried 3-4L of water between the two of us for 2 days and night, hiking and cooking dinner and breakfast. The maples in Boot Canyon were gold and red, lots of water after rains. We ran into a huge Black Bear on Colima and they were very active everywhere. Be aware, loud and don’t run and you’ll be fine. You must use bear boxes available at each campsite. The sunset was worth everything! We came down Pinnacles and it was grueling. Glad we didn’t go up that way with full packs. Can’t wait to go back and do the Northeast extension.

off road driving
21 days ago

Took the auto trail to dagger flat. You drive about 15-20 miles and turn around to go back the same way. No traffic this trip so never had to move over for passing vehicles. I would not pull a trailer back there. I was in a 4wd GMC crew cab but never left 2 wheel drive. It was bone dry. As I neared the mountain at the back the temp dropped and dark clouds appeared overhead. Conditions can change in a flash. Spotty 3g cell service on this trail. It was enjoyable.

This is an easy trail to a very interesting geological feature.

Load More