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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail

EASY 8 reviews
#55 of 69 trails in

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.5 miles Elevation Gain: 36 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers


no dogs

Directions from Panther Juntion: Travel 6 miles east on the road to the Rio Grande Village. The trailhead is at the Dugout Wells Picnic Area

no shade
8 months ago

Nice trail to do at dusk. Great view.

Wed May 09 2018

A short walk in the desert. I hesitate to recommend it to families however, because there's a lot of cacti surrounding the trail. If you take your kids beware. This hike is at Dugout Wells picnic area & it's a neat place. We walked the paths in the oasis as well.

ohv/off road driving
Thu Mar 10 2016

Came across this little gem on our Dual Sport bikes...easy for the Hiking Crews if you stay on the paths and away from the brush.

Tue Feb 16 2016

Not our favorite trail, but it's interesting and informative. There are placards along the walk giving facts about the ecosystem and history of the area. It could be that it's not our favorite because the kids were so wary of setting a single toe off the path since it's enclosed by cacti! Two members of our group were pulling blind prickly pear spines from fingers from accidentally brushing them.

Sat May 04 2013

An oasis in the desert! Away from this spot, there is very little green, and where the moisture is 50' trees and other greenery is growing. Lots of birds and other animals. A road goes completely around the spot, and trails go through the area.

Sun Apr 22 2018

Thu Feb 11 2016

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