Boquillas Canyon Trail

MODERATE 53 reviews
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Boquillas Canyon Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.2 miles
229 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers



no dogs

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.

17 days ago

Pretty easy hike, take water. Nice walk along the river.

4 months ago

Not one of my favorites, but an ok trail. Good for families. You can't get into the canyon like the Santa Elena canyon trail. Also, you have to fend off a persistent Jesus "the singing Mexican".

5 months ago

Hiked with a couple friends and we enjoyed being alongside the river.

5 months ago

steep climb with switchbacks at start. might be slightly tricky for novices on backside going down. can be very hot late in day. nice along Rio Grande at end

7 months ago

My family hiked this trail in early February. It was great for hiking with a nine month old in the backpack and a five year old. I love how it goes along the cool Rio Grande and the cliffs that have sand dunes at the base that can be explored. Just beautiful.

There are a few sites along the path that Mexicans have crossed the river and set up sales of art pieces (bead figures, walking sticks, and this year “No Wall” koozies). My five year old enjoyed being able to see the horses and men across the river who readily waved back. A couple of road runners who seemed to be well fed by hikers let us see them for more than the usual run across the road.

We took a snack and tested by the river for a few minutes, played in the sand and the hiked back.

Great family hike.

8 months ago

This short easy hike is worth it, parking is limited but there is a bathroom near. The hike is easy, nice view of the rio Grande and it was cool to see the Mexican ranchers and horses across the river. Shade is limited until you get closer to the river. Great for kids. The canyon is beautiful, when we went there was a Mexican vendor singing beautiful songs into the echo of the canyon as well as selling handmade souvenirs. I don’t understand the low ratings, it’s short and worth the view inside the canyon.

*we went In January (lovely in the daytime) but I can imagine it gets hot in the summer*

8 months ago

Preferred this hike over the Santa Elena Canyon. Beautiful views with more space to explore once in the canyon. Must see!

8 months ago

Great short trail back into the canyon with scenic views of the Rio Grande and the massive cliffs on the Mexico side. The first 1/3 mile goes over a rocky hill and down the other side, then the trail levels out as it travels through the trees down to the river bank. It’s apparent traders from Mexico cross the river here, as they leave their goods on the trail for sale (park rules say not to buy anything, as this activity is apparently illegal), but we did enjoy hearing Jesus the singing cowboy on the other side, and he wished us a Feliz Navidad as we passed by. Definitely recommend this short hike if you’re on the east side of Big Bend National Park!

9 months ago

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Fun little hike. No shade so it was quite hot. Very neat to walk along the Rio Grande.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Great hike and great view of the canyon.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

The trail starts with a lot of up and down in elevation. The first climb is the toughest part. The beautiful vistas in the canyon are worth the climb. I got a thrill from being able to walk right up to the Rio Grande.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Nice short trail to the canyon wall. Don't forget to tip the "singing Mexican"!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

This trail is located at the far Southeastern edge of the park and is lightly trafficked. The trail is extremely short, roughly 3,000 FT round trip with about a 100 FT elevation change throughout the journey. Honestly, you could stop at half way to get the best views of the Rio Grande, there isn't anything of note or reason really to continue to down to rivers edge. Overall, it's worth the journey only if you've already hit every other trail and happen to be in that side of the park.

Note: Trinkets and Hiking Poles were for sale at two locations on this short hike, no one was guarding the items with only a bucket for offerings, however, there was likely a Mexican national close by given the proximity and easy river crossing. No bother to me, just noting so if you attempt this trail you aren't shocked by running across someone on the trail.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easy trail and you can appreciate de border between USA and Mexico, in some places separated for about 30 feet!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

This was my least favorite. It was a beautiful view but not much of a challenge. We went down to the river (suuuuuper humid) there were some cool minerals laying around but nothing exciting. Just remember to bring plenty of water. It was about a mile hike down from where I was at and I ran out of water, It was so hot that I quickly got heat exhaustion. Drink water but also drink electrolytes because you will sweat a lot.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Forgot to mention... Our boys are 8 and 5, and it was the perfect length/challenge for a 5yo's third trail of the day.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A nice walk. We went mid-day and there was very little shade. Kids will need a drink after tackling the sand slope!

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Easy trail along the river with a nice river canyon view.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Not too long of a trail, lovely scenery and over look of the Rio Grande.

Monday, June 30, 2014

A great trail alongside the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. Steep little entry and after a little descent it levels out. Among some trees by the river you can see The Singing Jesus!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Interesting trail with a little history linked to it. The start is somewhat rocky but it levels out into the canyon and continues into the riverbed. Be aware that Mexico is officially on the other side of the river. You may even run into the "singing Jesus" along your travels

Friday, March 21, 2014

This a great hike for kids. I took my 7 yr old and we had fun climbing on the sand on the US side wall in the canyon.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

amazing views... nice weather this time of the year. tall boquillas canyon walls! easy trail...

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A fairly short trail that climbs over a low hill and then goes down into the river bed. Part of the way is sandy, and some is very sandy. You can follow the river quite a way into the canyon, until it bends to the left, and you run out of the sand bar. A word of caution: Mexican Nationals are all over the U.S. side selling various trinkets. One was singing (quite well) begging for money.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Another trail in the Big Bend that is along the river, and very hot in the summer. You'll climb a rather steep hill at the beginning, and the trail is in the riverbed the rest of the way.

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