Devil's Den Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 357 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Devil's Den is a dramatic limestone slot canyon in the park's northern backcountry. Follow the trail towards Dog Canyon. After 1.5 miles take a side trail off to the right into a wash. In another 0.5 mile, take the large wash that intersects from the left which leads directly into Devil's Den. You may hike into the den, or hike up along the southern edge of the deep crevice for great views into the canyon. You can then enter the den and hike back through it. Small tinajas hold water during the rainy season.

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3 months ago

Hard to find trail but worth it. Hiking along the ridge is great. If you want to come back west through the canyon KNOW THAT you will have to do some bouldering and climbing down.

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4 months ago

Felt longer than 4.9 miles. You walk through soft wash most of the way. Kinda cool to walk along the top of the canyon. I did not have to do any boulder scrambles. I took the trail up the right side of the canyon— you really have to rely on cairns to find your way once you take a right out of the wash and start up the canyon, could be difficult after rain. Cairning is caring

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4 months ago

Good hike mostly flat with gradual climb towards end. We followed Dog Canyon trail to the first wash the the rock cairns after that.

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Mon Mar 11 2019

Note the hike indicated by the red line on this map is an ‘off road’ hike. If you follow the official trail it is much longer – about 6 miles. We tried to follow the red trail but there is no marking and you just have to use your GPS and follow it as best you can I guess. The normal route is to follow the Dog trail and turn right about 1.5 miles in, as described in the hike description here on Alltrails, then go about 0.5 miles to pick up a wash (aka old dry stream). It was very hard to find that and luck picked out a couple of cairns. Ok it wasn’t luck some other people told us about it saying this was there second attempt to find it. Actually most of the hike we ran into people trying to figure out where to go. Various people had told us to follow the wash and then “go up” when it is obvious. Well it wasn’t obvious. A couple of times it was getting harder to hike so we went up…only tin find there was a valley that cut through from the side and you scaled back down and then up again. Eventually it was too hard to figure the path (though really, you are in a river bed than dead ends in a canyon, you really can’t get lost) so we went up – to our right. Found a nice easy path to walk along the canyon. You get a nice view of the canyon. There are some interesting rock formations. But if you go to the end…it really doesn’t deliver an awesome pay off. Nice hike to see a small canyon, that is all. Different terrains than the mountain hikes in the park. On our return we tried again to follow the “red” hike on the map and could not find the trail and didn’t like just crossing land (don’t like to increase erosion).

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Tue Apr 17 2018

awesome trail..2walk, walk,walk forever!

Fri Apr 06 2018

The trail was a bit more intimidating that I anticipated, what with all the cacti near the trail. We found a cave up near the top of the ridge that had a bunch of old and fresh lion scat. The actual den at the trail's conclusion is a great stop to hydrate and fuel up on snacks.

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Wed Jan 04 2017

We just finished hiking Devil's Den & Dog Canyon totaling about a 9.5 mile hike. It was spectacular and more then we expected. The Dog Canyon hike was easy, so we did that first then we followed the arroyo in the opposite direction and hiked pretty much half way into Devil's Den canyon climbing boulders and dodging scrub, but eventually decided to followed a backcountry map given to us by the park ranger that indicated we should then climb out of the canyon and hike the rest of the way along a marked path off the south rim of the canyon. Good call because it went a lot faster and we got to the end to see the vast open 360 view of the hills and canyon below. It was well worth it and even the risky technical climb getting out of the canyon itself and onto the trail was a challenge for myself and my companion. Great fun though!

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Mon Jan 02 2017

Hiked Devil's Den a couple of times now but have never made it to the end. On both hikes we stopped at the point where you have to climb up through a small opening between boulders. The first time, there was a deep pool of water preventing us from getting to the boulder and the second time, was just by myself and didn't want to risk the climb. This is a fav hike of mine because of the rock scrambling through the canyon. Before you get to the canyon, the trail has very few cairns after leaving the initial path, but as long as you follow the correct arroyo, you'll find your way. Highly worth it for a short adventure.

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Sat Nov 23 2013

The hike was fun and the weather was great. It was very remote and the desert is just beautiful. The canyon itself was not quite what I was expecting, as I was told that it was a slot canyon. It is not! We actually declined to hike in the canyon, there was so much vegetation down in it, and we didn't want to get poked and scraped any more than we had to. We hiked along the ridge of the canyon and that was nice.

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