Indian Head Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Terlingua, Texas and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 95 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

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This is a very small trail to some Indian petroglyphs. The area is remote by park standards, but close to Terlingua. You'll rarely find other people along this trail even with the proximity to Terlinqua/Study Butte.

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2 months ago

See photo from trip advisor for directions. Easy trail. Fun to climb the rocks but trail is pretty boring except for one very narrow section (don’t recommend after a rain). Bring plenty of water.

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4 months ago

So beautiful! Pretty easy to find. The road seems to end on a hill but if you look to the left you can drive down and you’ll see the entrance, or park at the top of hill and walk over it. The trail is easy to follow at first but then the ravine comes and it gets a little hairy. I made it and then kept going until the trail seems to end. Then I turned around and followed the foot prints in another direction that seemed to follow the loop but then that got scary and I carved my own path back to the trail. The petroglyphs are cool but I didn’t see as many as I expected, still enjoyed it though!

4 months ago

Not a bad trail. Not much too it but Indian art was cool

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4 months ago

Nice trail to see pictographs and local geology. Wander among the boulders. We crossed the ravine, trail was narrow and steep at this point. We were unable to find a loop, so blazed a trail so that I wouldn’t have to recross the ravine. Bring plenty of water, as this is desert and the only shade are the boulders.

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4 months ago

Awesome, easy hike that the kids (6 and 9) absolutely loved. Flat, sandy trail. It’s a little farther back than you think you need to go, but it’s not hard to find if you just keep driving past the RV Park/gas station off 118 in Terlingua. The road basically dead ends at a barbed wire fence with a couple of trail signs and a small break in the fence. Other reviews made it sound like you have to bust through a fence or sneak in, but it’s clearly a trailhead once you get to it. The hike itself was really fun. There is NO shade, so I can’t imagine what it would be like when it’s hot, but it was awesome at 55 degrees. There are several cool red rock formations to check out and walk around, including a handful of petroglyphs to see. I’m not sure how far the trail actually goes, we turned back when it got to a ravine crossing around the back. The trail is well worn and helps guide you away from the camouflaged ground level cactus all over. Highly recommend if you are in Terlingua!

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off trail
5 months ago

On the advice of our Airbnb host we took the pups to the trail head and explored around. The dogs are not allowed on the trail but there is a lot of space to walk them around and explore the parking area. They loved it and got thoroughly wore out. Sorry this isn't a review of the actual trail, just wanted people to know you can have fun around the trail with your pup's!

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7 months ago

Could never find the trail head. Horrible road if you want to call it that.

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Sun May 05 2019

One of my favourite trail in Terlingua. The rocks are impressive. Very special area full of history

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Fri Apr 19 2019

Easy walk Go left at entrance and save energy

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Mon Mar 11 2019

A nice, easy trail and an incredible place to see petroglyphs. Leave yourself plenty of time to study them. It is quite out of the way if you are staying in the park, but very close by if you are staying in Terlingua. Be aware that there is no shade for large portions of the trail, so it is best hiked early or late in the day. Around sunset or sunrise will give you the best atmosphere and lighting for petroglyph viewing. Getting there is rather off-putting: it requires taking a poorly-marked dirt road behind the RV park at Study Butte. Head towards the south side of Indian Head Mountain, and go towards the fence with the usual NPS signage. The difficulty getting there is the only reason this didn’t get five stars.

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Thu Jan 03 2019

Don’t be put off by crossing the border? (As the sign on the fence reads) Go through post opening in fence at bottom of parking area hill then follow path around cliffs until you start to see petroglyphs and old graffiti. Easy, fun trail with lots of hidden petroglyphs and a couple pictographs. Funnest part was hunting for them! Did it in the winter so high temps wasn’t an issue. Some great ones on backs of rocks before you cross ravine, but they’re hidden well! One that looked like a monster with fangs! Wasn’t able to find any after ravine. To find hidden ones, follow paths you see going up into rocks. Happy hunting!

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Tue Feb 20 2018

Pretty darn awesome. We are staying at an RV park close by and decided to do an evening walk and check out the petroglyphs. Go at sunset - it was amazing. Tips for finding the trail: park your car and walk down to where you see a barbed wire fence that reads "US Border". Cross that (yep, seriously). Walk straight over a hill and you will see a sign that denotes the start of the trail. The trail is not clearly marked but you can follow the many footprints or just walk around the large rock formations on your left until you see these crazy large red boulders with holes in them. You have now reached your destination.

Fri Dec 15 2017

Excellent, close to Terlingua trail in the NPS area with wonderful petroglyphs. Please oh please save them for our kid’s kids by just looking. Amazing history to marvel at.

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