Ernst Tinaja Trail

EASY 23 reviews
#13 of 68 trails in

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.

1.9 miles
131 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

off road driving




wild flowers



no dogs

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.

3 months ago

Seen it wet and dry - very neat formations

5 months ago

Our favorite short hike in BBNP. Everyone warns of drive there but we come up Old Ore from the south headed north in small SUV and have never had issues getting to trail head. Color and rock formations are amazing. Did the hike 12 years ago with a baby in my backpack carrier, a 5 year old and 6 year old. Did it again several times since, Easy hike and well worth it. Most people stop at the tinaja but with a little bouldering you can go pretty far further. Watch hand placement as always, we did see a gorgeous blacktail rattlesnake on the cliffs while night hiking here. Make sure to stop at Juan's gravesite on the drive in to pay respects. Just north past the trailhead on Old Ore you can follow a dry creek to a small cemetery with about a dozen gravesites not marked on many maps.

10 months ago

This was a fun hike for the kids. Lots of big rocks to climb over. Started to get a little warm in the afternoon sun but that is to be expected

11 months ago

Really surprised at the end. The rock formations out shown the water hole in the rocks. Stunning and intriguing.

Monday, December 25, 2017

I walked in from the south as an adventure through the desert. Glad I did; a normal sedan would have a difficult time not ending up with damage. Worth the extra few miles each way really.

Good luck to the dude in the rental mini van I saw headed in.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Interesting rock formations and terrain. Just my son Matt and I. It was great.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Great short hike. The drive to get there though is rough.

Friday, March 17, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wonderful rock formations. Very cool hike.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Love this!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Neat place! The Old Ore Road can be rough at times.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

My favorite hike in Big Bend outside of the Chisos.

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