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Boquillas Canyon Trail

MODERATE 109 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.

hiking
no shade
4 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
4 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
4 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 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.

6 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

Fun easy hike.

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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
9 months ago

Beautiful canyon along the river

hiking
9 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
9 months ago

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
10 months ago

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hiking
10 months ago

Lovely quick hike. Stunning little canyon.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

Sat Sep 01 2018

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

hiking
Wed May 09 2018

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".

Fri Apr 06 2018

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

hiking
Sat Mar 31 2018

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

Thu Feb 08 2018

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.

hiking
Wed Jan 17 2018

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*

hiking
Sun Dec 31 2017

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

Wed Dec 20 2017

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!

hiking
Mon Dec 04 2017

Sat Jun 03 2017

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

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