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Boquillas Canyon Trail

MODERATE 154 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.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 229 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

22 days ago

It was alright. Wish we could get into canyon but climbing on the boulders and to the cave are cool. Could do without the "questionable" homemade trinkets.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
24 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

There were some nice views into Mexico and was fun to walk into the canyon a little bit. We did this trail in December; I can’t imagine doing this in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail. Not long; not difficult; Canyon wall on the Mexican side is gorgeous and sheer. American side has nice sand bar, but the dirt runs out too soon--you'll find yourself wishing the trail would continue into the canyon and around the horeshoe bend. KAYAK next time! Get off the trail and live a little if you're up to it. Climb the sandy hill up to the large waterfall (dry most of the time, I'm sure) and dare to climb up into the cave behind it. Use EXTREME caution if you do--it's very smooth and slick, even when dry.

rocky
2 months ago

Nice trail leading down to the river and into the mouth of Boquillas Canyon. Saw the singing mexican and his horse and amigos.

hiking
2 months ago

I enjoyed this trail a lot. There was a guy on the Mexico side singing and they had little shops set up along the way to buy things on the honor system. Not long or difficult at all.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this hike, and take it every time we camp in Rio Grande. It's great for a variety of skill levels and especially as a first hike after setting up camp, if you want to take it easy and enjoy some views before doing the hot springs. We ran into a horse on our last hike out! So many fun things and surprised in this trail. Keep a dollar in your pocket for the "Singing Mexican" (per his sign) who will serenade you from Mexico. Look for his tip jar on the way toward the canyon.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail kind of just randomly ends without any last amazing view as trails usually do. Seems as if the trail may of kept going back in the day, but the river has gradually washed away all rock or dirt on the US side of the canyon to facilitate hikers. Not sure I would go past the initial overlook a few hundred yards into the trail next time.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

This trail was easy except for the heat and overhead sun in July, but we came prepared for that. Roadrunners dashed down the sandy paths, and we were greeted along the river with songs from the other side. Our Airbnb host let us know about the Mexican merchants unobtrusively offering their crafts along the river, so we were grateful and prepared with cash for unique souvenirs that help a small community on the other side of the canyon. We enjoyed cool but quickly-diminishing shade along the sandy bank of the Rio Grande. I'm glad we hiked this trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous! The difficulty is listed as moderate and that comes from the beginning and end while going up to the overlook part. The river is wonderful and the canyon is shaded in the morning but go early to avoid direct sun while leaving. Keep an eye out for small birds of prey. As far as bugs, I did spot a tarantula hawk. They aren't aggressive and don't seek out people but just be careful.

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

Got to this trail after noon and the temperatures had climbed north of 100. Easy trail into the canyon. We were surprised by “the singing Mexican Jesus” and his songs echoed into the canyon. Pretty cool. I don’t think this hike alone would be worth the drive to this side of the park but if you’re in the area it’s a great quickie. Bring a few $1’s for Jesus;)

no shade
off trail
7 months ago

Trail is a bit unclear where it actually ends, but it's just a fun trip into the canyon.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Nice, quick trail. Warning: there is no shade or breeze so we were pretty hot. We saw 2 roadrunners on our hike. The canyon is beautiful.

9 months ago

trail is steep... no shade .... the view from up top is better.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun easy hike.

hiking
10 months ago

This should be marked as easy instead of moderate. But it’s a beautiful fun trail.

hiking
11 months ago

An easy, scenic trail that's good for families of all ages. The view from the actual trail is alright at best (for Big Bend), but if you venture up the canyon side there are a bunch of cool caves and areas that make it worth the hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful canyon along the river

hiking
11 months ago

This short hike was filled with surprises—bohemians in the bushes selling wares, horses, a fun hike/climb beyond the end, and plenty of grass and shade to take a nap. Restroom in the parking lot. Most of the trail is along the Rio Grande.

hiking
Tue Jan 22 2019

Super chill, relaxing, fun and beautiful hike! Views of the Rio Grande from different vantage points, incredible rock formations, just overall lovely! We had really wanted to take the ferry to Mexico, but with the govt shutdown, were unable. There were some people from the village selling goods in the event you want a souvenir. If your looking for a chill hike for all levels - this is it! Also recommend Santa Elena Canyon.

hiking
Sun Jan 06 2019

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hiking
Fri Jan 04 2019

Lovely quick hike. Stunning little canyon.

hiking
Mon Dec 31 2018

A fun family trail. If your family is like mine and consists of hikers of differing abilities this is a great trail for everyone to get out. It is relatively short and has only a bit of elevation change but seems much more isolated than it is due to the compartmentalizing terrain. You get a look into Mexico and see the folks there going about their business. If you want to boulder a bit along the way the rock here is great for it. At the initial end of the trail push out over the rocks a bit and you will be in a place with a great canyon echo. Who can't resist shouting "hello" and hearing it echo through the canyon?

hiking
Mon Nov 12 2018

Very cool trail that takes down into the canyon along the Rio Grande. The rock faces are amazing when you get down to the river and into the canyon. Nice hike!

Sun Oct 21 2018

Great views!!! Worth it even if it's drizzling and muddy.

hiking
Sat Oct 06 2018

Nice trail leading to the canyon but very hot with limited shade.

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