Ernst Tinaja Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
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1.4 miles roundtrip. A short walk up a sandy wash leads to a canyon of highly-convoluted rock layers. A short walk up a sandy wash leads to a canyon of highly-convoluted rock layers. The large natural tinaja holds water all year long. Be careful near the tinaja's edge. Over the years deer, javelina, and even mountain lions have been found drowned in this tinaja. The trailhead is located off the Old Ore Road, 5 miles from the southern end near Rio Grande Village. High clearance vehicles are necessary to reach this enjoyable trail. A primitive campsite is located near the trailhead.
Great hike. Awesome rock formations throughout. Trail is listed as easy, and it is because of the short distance. I would caution that it is a bit technical in spots. Kids will do fine but very little ones may not be able to get through without some significant assistance. Also not great on bad knees. The easiest way to get to the trail is via Ole Ore Road from the South. Ole Ore Road is very rough to the north and requires high ground clearance.
Wonderful rock formations. Very cool hike.
Neat place! The Old Ore Road can be rough at times.
My favorite hike in Big Bend outside of the Chisos.