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Closed Canyon Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Terlingua, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 396 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips River Wild flowers Muddy Rocky Scramble
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Descend into Closed Canyon's slot for a 1.8-mile round-trip trek from Big Bend's scenic River Road toward the Mexican border and the raging Rio Grande. The trail takes you into the mouth of the canyon as it winds it way back and forth deeper into the canyon. There are some points where you have to climb down past some boulders or drop-offs to continue. The rock floor is slippery, especially since it is covered with loose dirt, so be sure to watch your footing. Near the end of the trail, there is a fairly high drop-off (maybe 12 feet). Jumping down to continue will be a lot easier than climbing back up and out, so use your judgment so you don't get yourself stranded. If you have some rope and climbing shoes, it would be very helpful. Some climber has driven in a metal stake to tie off a rope to and there are some foot holds and places to grab/stand.

There is a shaded picnic table and map kiosk here in addition to parking.

FM 170, P.O. Box 1180, Presidio, TX 79845

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Dennis Durkee
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HikingGreat!

Cool trail — literally — because the narrow canyon blocks the sun and offers a break from the heat. Fun walk for kids and dogs. Best stop along the River Road!

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C H
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Rock climbingFeeGreat!

You are suppose to have a daily pass for this trail. Obtain this at the Barton Warnock Visitor Center, 1 mile east of Lajitas Golf Resort, BEFORE you go to the trail. There is no pay option at the trailhead. Its a beautiful slot canyon. The beauty took us by surprise. It's a short, easy, family friendly hike. Took us 30 mins to get to the turn around point (water hole.) It was a bit cooler in the canyon, since it's mostly shaded. We went in the late morning.

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Melissa Jackson
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HikingFee

It was a great slot canyon hike. It does have loose gravel and some drop offs. Not necessarily the best for those that have trouble walking.

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Mary Stillo
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Joy Nelson
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Cool. Lovely. Easy with some rock scrambles.

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Nicolas Forge
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Unique

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Bill Reagan
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Exceptional experience

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Pete Adrian
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Easy out and back.

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Scott Vanderpoel
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A legit slot canyon... in Texas... how come I never knew this was here? Fantasic hike if you like slot canyons

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Kyle Daniel
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Amazing!! I could hang out there every day. Perfect hike for the heat of the summer in the dessert the dark cool shade in the back if the canyons is like finding a hidden oasis

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Caroline Sweatt-Eldredge
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Loved this trail. Great, interesting trail in a unique slot canyon setting.

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Eric Cardenas
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HikingFeeGreat!

Great trail and incredibly interesting. The canyon was especially cool considering it was 95 degrees outside. Took about an hour going out and back. This trial was very different than what I’ve experienced at Big Bend National and State Parks. Make sure to pay the day pass parking fee in advance to display on windshield. Also would say it’s family friendly considering our kiddos are 11 and 6 years of age. Fun!

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Caty Medici
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Was a good, short trail for me and my family. We didn’t go all the way to end but we did a mile in and a mile back!! Good amount of shade in it and enjoyed the short hike!!

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Clayton Westphal
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An enjoyable trail in Big Bend Ranch State Park. This would be considered the jewel of the park. Most of it will be shaded within a canyon, but you are in South West Texas so always have water with you and plenty of it. The trail will end before what is indicated on the map due to high standing water.

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Corrie Ann
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Amazing walking through the canyon. It does dead end and there’s a cone saying the trail ends, looked very temporary so I wasn’t sure if you would be able to go further when it’s dry. First few minutes of the trail has no shade but then it’s shades in the canyon and much cooler. Have to climb up and down a few big rocks, proper hiking shoes are recommended for the grip they provide

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Arnoldo Gomez
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Hiked this trail on the job since 1986. Nice trail. Bring plenty of water. Get out and hike!

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Melissa Olivares
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We went during the day (yes I know, lol) there’s minimal to no shade & I know others have made it further than us, but idk how. There was a pool of green/brown stagnate water thar was too large to jump over (and something was moving in it lol) so that was our end. There are some mini boulders u have to climb over but not difficult. We had 2 kids 12 & 5yrs old w us

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Stephanie Joanette Eriksen
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this was breathtaking! Easy trail. We went in about .09 miles and it was closed off so we turned back.

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Pablo Melgarejo
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Need rope to get till the end.

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Susan Rudolph
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Shaded canyon which makes for a nice hike, but the drop offs got to be too large to attempt by myself so I turned around about a mile in.

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Hector Mendoza
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PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CLIMB ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE RIO GRANDE. Continue on the trail until you have to start climbing down, then turn back. This past weekend, I had to be rescued from Big Bend Ranch State Park after descending down the canyon and being stuck at the bottom. It took 30 hours from when I started the hike to be rescued and I spent the last 2 nights in a hospital recovering from near kidney failure. It was quite the traumatic experience, one that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Also please don’t ever hike alone; it’s not worth the risk. All it takes is just one bad outing and that could be the end of your life. My rescuers and medical staff(all amazing people!!) let me know how lucky I was. Seems there have been others who did what I did and didn’t live to tell about it. So please learn from my experience.

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Steven Marsh
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Rebecca Ugalde
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Large water puddle at bottom of long slide did not allow us to make it to the end of the canyon unfortunately.

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Janis Letourneau
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This is an interesting and generally easy hike through a narrow canyon, with much shade. There are several slick spots and good hiking shoes are recommended. The end of the trail is not at the river! But rather it is at a steep narrow chute that leads down to the flood plain. I’m advised by a seasoned river guide that climbing equipment is needed to get back up if hikes decide to slide down. The alternative is to go down to the river and loop back a couple of miles.

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Carl Fredlund
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Stunning. Still has a pool of standing water further down the trail. Water is looking pretty funky and several feet deep - didn’t want to wade through or risk falling trying to scramble around.

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Chris Weaver
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Great trail! We had spent the last couple of Days hiking in the national park and debated if this was worth the drive over. The kids ages 3-10 loved it, and so did we. Little Rock drops and slides made for lots of fun. We made it 0.9 miles in but there was standing water we decided not to wade through. It was a great hike for us adults also. The drive over was also beautiful and my kids thought it was as fun as the hike.

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