Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Big Bend Ranch State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

running
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
3 days 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
no shade
off trail
over grown
7 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.

Tue Nov 13 2018

An amazing number of ecosystems within a small area. Don’t miss the Crystal, West Main, and Dome trails.

mountain biking
Thu Feb 11 2016

Magical park! Cannot wait to go back.

Wed Nov 25 2015

Beautiful and amazing place you can't believe you have all these different environments in one same place. Beautiful in the border with Mexico. Big park so one weekend camping will not be enough to discover it all. Amazing to come back over and over again.

camping
Thu Feb 13 2014

If you want to get away from it all, this is the place. Almost 300,000 acres, many of the campsites are serviced by "unimproved" dirt roads. The first time I went the campsite was a full 1.5 hours in 4-lo off the main (gravel) road. Our group of 3 didn't not see another human being for 4 days, except when going up to the Ranger Station/Park Hdqts. And this was over spring break week! If you like the Chihuahuan Desert for its emptiness, ruggedness, and beautiful light, this is your place. I'm going back!

ohv/off road driving
Sun Aug 18 2013

This Big Bend Ranch State Park is huge! It runs along the Rio Grande from Presidio to Lajitas; it was a private ranch in years past. There are miles and miles of 4X4 trails, and just about that many for hiking. A very rocky area; one should not go out alone, and make sure you have water, and minimum 6 - 8 ply tires! It is referred to as "The other side of nowhere!"

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

mountain biking
11 months ago

mountain biking
Tue Nov 20 2018

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