Looking for a great trail in Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Big Bend Ranch State Park ranging from 1.8 to 148.3 miles and from 2,322 to 4,622 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

hiking

views

nature trips

bird watching

wildlife

walking

wild flowers

Big Bend Ranch State Park, the largest state park in Texas, over 300,000 acres of Chihuahuan Desert wilderness in a remarkably rugged, remote and unpopulated setting. The park extends along the Rio Grande from southeast of Presidio to near Lajitas in both Brewster and Presidio Counties. Embracing some of the most remote and rugged terrain in the Southwest, it encompasses two mountain ranges containing ancient extinct volcanoes, precipitous canyons, and waterfalls. The area has been a crossroads of human activities for over 11,000 years, as diverse people and cultures have been drawn by the abundant resources of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo corridor. Chase Fountain photo Tx. Parks & Wildlife Dept. View a larger version of this image. If you are looking for a wild west experience, Big Bend Ranch State Park has an abundance of options. Currently the park offers more than 66 miles of trails with many more in development. In addition to primitive roadside and backcountry campsites, the park also has food, lodging and Wi-Fi available at the Saucedo Complex. The three-bedroom "Big House" provides luxury accommodations that sleep eight and has a full kitchen. Meal service can also be arranged. Larger groups can be accommodated at the casual Sauceda Lodge Bunk House. With twenty-three miles of Rio Grande/Rio Bravo frontage Big Bend Ranch makes an excellent starting point for paddling excursions. Multi-use recreational activities such as hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and mountain biking is available on trails along River Road and in the interior. You can fish in the Rio Grande. The dark skies offer amazing stargazing opportunities. With over 300 bird species the area is a birders paradise. The park has picnic areas along the scenic River Road and offers guided jeep/four-wheel and horseback tours. Mountain bike and horse rentals are available at Sauceda. In addition to many other events the park also offers a semi-annual longhorn cattle roundup. Permits are required for use of Primitive Road and Front Country Campsites and for Backcountry Zone Camping. Day Use visitors are required to obtain a free permit for motorized entry into the Primitive Road Zone.

Especially beautiful if you are able to scramble up some boulders at the bottom. Rocky trail but easy.

hiking
no shade
rocky
22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike up creek bed. Trail difficult to follow in a few spots due to brush. Great view of the falls about 2 miles in on trail. Turned around at about 2.7 miles since the trail kept getting more narrow and rockier.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! We had spent the last couple of Days hiking in the national park and debated if this was worth the drive over. The kids ages 3-10 loved it, and so did we. Little Rock drops and slides made for lots of fun. We made it 0.9 miles in but there was standing water we decided not to wade through. It was a great hike for us adults also. The drive over was also beautiful and my kids thought it was as fun as the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Don’t let the moderate rating discourage you. The first half is very easy and totally worth it. After a short downhill you enter the stream bed which is dark sand/gravel with light boulders dotting it. The contrast is stunning and the walking is easy. It enters the slot canyon which is like a manicured path for a good distance. It gets progressively more difficult as you go, so you can simply turn back when you hit your comfort limit. You won’t feel short changed. We had rain the previous day so the pools were deep and we turned around after the second one. I tried hard to reach the end, even waded waist deep across one, but finally gave up. We had a blast! Definitely a no go with possible rain. There would be no way out of a flash flood! It is narrow with vertical walls. Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

We took three kids, ages 2, 5 and 7. They had no problem and loved the “slides” you need to navigate to get down the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Easy to walk on. We took the dogs and had to lift them down several of the drop offs but it wasn't hard to do with two people. We made it a long way down but turned around at a drop off we didn't feel comfortable taking the dogs down. Still worth it even without finishing!

walking
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very easy walk from the parking lot right off the river road in Big Bend Ranch State Park with some excellent views of the Rio Grande and the rest of the park. I highly recommend making this stop, the reward is well worth the small amount of effort! I was very surprised at just how much I enjoyed what I saw. Seeing the two hoodoos was cool, but it was also very nice to get right close to the Rio Grande at a relatively low point. There is also a great lookoff point which great views. Altogether a great way to spend a half hour!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a super fun trail at Big Bend Ranch State Park! It's a very cool slot canyon that takes you down a narrow path with tall rock walls on either side. As you progress, there are some drops that require a jump/slide down that may be beyond your comfort level, especially if you are solo. I found that I hit a point where I was no longer comfortable and decided to turn back. But I was quite satisfied with how far I got, and I would recommend everybody go as far as they are comfortable, you will not be disappointed! Also, important note, do NOT do this trail if there is a chance of rain, as this can become a river in a flash flood, which is very dangerous!

hiking
3 months ago

If you're in Big Bend Ranch State Park, this is a must do. If you're at Big Bend National Park, don't waste half a day getting over to the State park to do this trail.

running
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

The trail is definitely worth doing, but is only about half runnable. From the Maverick Ranch campground to the trailhead is about three quarters of a mile, and then you have about a mile and a half of uphill, but comfortably runnable terrain. Beyond there, the trail becomes notably less maintained. You can try to stick to the trail, but you'll run into cacti, thorny shrubs, and sections that are just washed out or overgrown and can't be found. We lost the trail a couple times and had to pull out the AllTrails recording on here to find it -- even then, the recording wasn't always on the trail. They do use stacks of rocks to mark trails but a lot of have been knocked over and dispersed, so you can't see them until you are right on them. The attempt is there - just needs to be supplemented. We tried to reassemble a few of them but it would take the two of us all day. As far as terrain, once you get up into the less marked areas the terrain seems to change to loose soil, loose rock, and has a few areas that require careful balance or placement not to fall. The further up you go, the further that becomes an issue. There were equestrian signs --I'm assuming some sort of tours-- but they stopped once you get into these portions. Once you get to the mesa it opens up into a fairly sparse flat surface with shrubbery that you can traverse very quickly. That lasts for maybe half a mile and then the trail just disappears altogether. Fortunately, it's easy to make your own trail because you can see exactly where you want to go at that point. The views at the top of absolutely worth the hassles to get there. At the top there is a log book that you can sign -- it's been there since early 2018 and there aren't a whole lot of entries in there.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail with kids. We turned around at the first “jar” because it looked difficult for the kids.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

I love this hike. Very easy. Cool in the canyon. It’s truly a hidden gem! Was muddy at spots but still easily traversable. Haven’t made it to the river because it gets too sketchy after the second drop, I’ll still do over and over... maybe one day make it to the end!

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

We took this to the second pool of water after easily but a little sketchily scaling around the first. When we reached the second we couldn’t see where it ended, and noticed the hornet/wasp nests, and the growing number of the not so friendly flyers. No one was stung, and they didn’t really bother us. The canyon provided great scenery and a lot of picturesque moments. Great short hike!

hiking
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
10 months ago

My phone showed this trail to be closer to 10 miles. The recording of this map is not accurate. The start of the trail is from the RV park. They have a map at the front desk and they will even give you a ride to find it. Head to the back road by the trash. Take a right before you get to the right house, then the first left. You will see a white pipe on your left. That is the beginning of the trail. This is not maintained and very overgrown. No shade. Not well marked especially at the top of the Mesa. Head to the weather station (white) to sign the log book.

hiking
11 months ago

Fantastic (easy) hike with kids (ages 2,3, and 7). It was nicely shaded on a March afternoon. The little kids hiked most of it on their own feet (my 2 year old even took her shoes off and hiked barefoot, splaying her toes for grip on the slick feet of the canyon walls, then sliding down on her bottom). The vibrant colors on the canyon walls shifted with the changes in light. Just gorgeous. We came across a “jar” or water, as others mentioned. Watched a teen scale the canyon wall to get around the pooled water, and then he reported back that there was another deeper pool, so we opted to hike back. I look forward to returning on future trips to BBRSP.

rock climbing
bugs
scramble
11 months ago

"jar's" are wet.. first one is 3-4 feet deep.. second one is waist deep and extremely cold ... hike ended with the discovery of a large nest of some kind of wasp or hornet as you leave the water.. escaped with only couple stings but could've been much worse.. left a visibly growing swarm as we hurriedly retreated

hiking
no shade
rocky
11 months ago

Great day hike, a lot of elevation variation. No shade and limited water though so come prepared... it is the desert after all.

Load More