The Window Trail

MODERATE 126 reviews
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The Window Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Terlingua, Texas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

5.5 miles
908 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers




no dogs

The Window Trail begins near the Chisos Basin lodge, descending 800 feet over about two miles through rolling hills and vertical rock walls to a narrow pouroff, which overlooks the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert. The trail is usually dry, but the pouroff area is very dangerous during flash-floods.

6 days ago

Down hill the whole way out, but was pretty gradual on the way up. I completed this no problem 3 months post pregnancy.

9 days ago

10 days ago

Beautuful trail hard but it’s worth it

12 days ago

Easy trek down to the window with the last quarter mile requiring some thought to pick your line. The view is spectacular but be careful as the rocks near the window ledge are slippery. The hike back up is deceiving and can be tiring for younger kids. My 6&7 year olds needed a bit of extra encouragement to finish. The view is worth the extra effort.

16 days ago

Great hike to do with the family. Lots of traffic that slowed down the pace of the hike but otherwise gorgeous views.

19 days ago

A great hike with an amazing view at the end. Don’t be fooled by the distance or the rating. It can be a rough hike if you are a couch potato. Took my wife and I (with son on my back in a pack) roughly 2.5 hrs for there and back. Defiantly hike again! You must make it to the end for the view!

21 days ago

Great views the whole way down! The view from the window at the end is amazing even if you don’t crawl right up to the edge.

Sections toward the end involve having good balance and walking on limbs and rocks to get across water, and I watched many people get literal cold feet in the process. Very doable, but there is no way around having to rock hop.

Lots of evidence of bear along the trail.

24 days ago

Very nice trail. Lots of great views.

26 days ago

Beautiful hike and great for the whole family! Our 5 year old did the full 3.6 mile out and back from the campground trailhead without a single complaint. The full trail starts near the Chisos Mountain visitors center, but we took the shorter route that begins in the campground (near two picnic tables). It’s all downhill to the Window, so be prepared for it to be all uphill on the way back, but only the beginning 1/4 mile is anything you might consider steep (no more difficult than walking down stairs). The ending near the Window is definitely the best part, with stone stairs cut into the smooth rock walls and little pools of water. Definitely a must-do trail in Big Bend and the weather was amazing in December!

29 days ago

A " must do" trail for anyone visiting Big Bend for the first time. During bad weather the road to the Chisos Basin will close so keep that in mind. For the first time ever I saw no wildlife on the trail (not even a javelina) I guess it was just too cold.

1 month ago

Awesome trail. Loved the entire trail and the little creek we passed over and rock stairs were sweet.

1 month ago

Great hike for all ages- part of trail is shaded - enjoyable rock hopping at the end prior to "the window" view!

1 month ago

The window is amazing. You are high up in the mountains walking down this interesting trail and you see the canyon walls narrowing around you. The opening in those canyon walls is THE WINDOW. The window opens to a huge drop maybe a thousand feet or more and an vista of the ‘floor’ of the park which appears to go on. And in forever. Amazing site.

2 months ago

Great trail. One water crossing near the end due to recent rains. About 1/2 of the people got a leg wet and it was worth it. Lots of bear and coyote skat on the trail Ate lunch at the window. 1st mike is steep going down. This can be avoided by starting at the campground instead of the visitors center.

2 months ago

Very easy hike but my wife and I couldn't get close enough to the end of the trail because it had rained the day before and off and on while we were on the trail which made it very slippy, we didn't want to chance of getting hurt. But we'll be back in March to try it once more.

2 months ago

Relatively easy hike, not too long. I still managed to trip on some uneven stairs! Great views of the desert below at the end.

6 months ago

The views, particularly at the bottom by The Window, are definitely worth the trip down.

As with all canyon hikes, you need to remember to save energy for the trip back.

7 months ago

One of the best hikes in Big Bend , entered thru the campground , lots of wildflowers and birds along the way , the window area can be slippery but well worth the view..

7 months ago

while my wife and I loved it she mentioned it needs more resting areas. Great view although it's slippery at the end so watch out the fall would suck

8 months ago

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