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The Window Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily 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 bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length 5.2 mi Elevation gain 948 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

No dogs

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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.

There is a parking lot, lodge, restaurant, and small supply store at the Chisos Basin's main trailhead. There is also a short ADA trail and bench overlooking the Window Trail, which is popular for sunset views.

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Reviews (659)
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Recordings (448)
Completed (1361)
Shelly Barrett
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Hiking

Hiked this trail four years ago and it made me fall in love with hiking. I was a novice at the time and didn’t know what I was getting myself into. While the trail is easy and very scenic the desert heat will get the best of you. I would advise an early morning hike to avoid the heat of the day if at all possible. Also keep in mind the hike in is downhill but coming back up is more of a challenge when your hot and tired.

Janette Salas
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Hiking

My favorite hike at Big Bend so far. My family and I did this hike in the evening a while back. It was not very hard, it had great scenery and at the end of the trail you come across the famous window ! The rocks at the window are slippery so be careful !

Christy Ansley
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Hiking

loved this hike. beautiful sight to behold. just be careful at the window and don't get too close. the water makes the rocks really slick and you don't want to fall.

Tanya Gonzales
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Nice trail,it wasn't to hard. Wonderful views throughout the whole hike. The end was definitely worth the it.

Brenda Breceda
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Great trail ! Not a lot of shade. Lots of great views. The window view at the end is well worth the hike. Amazing place to visit

Tony Xia
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Hiking

Good for family hike, easy w/beautiful view, also today is comfortable weather 90 below.

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Nick Wetzel
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Hiking

Definitely want to start this hike early. The way there is a lot of downhill that you have to go back up on the way back. We were coming off the trail around 11:30 AM and we were very tired hot and sweaty. Views at the end (and along the way really) are great and worth the trip.

Andrew Sommers
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Great trail. Uphill all the way back but worth it.

Rachel D.
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Wonderful hike. I like spending time down at the end of the trail, especially if it has just rained and the spring is flowing more than usual. Be wary, the hike back is uphill. Be sure to account for that with enough water and time!

Shannon Kobzina
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Sheri Tomkiewicz
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HikingBugsNo shade

Beautiful trail!! You walk along the mtn side then into it, with a spectacular view at the end! Go early in the day to avoid the sun.

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Corey F
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Hiking

I thought trail was OK. The hike out to the window was cool the rock was very very slick Albeit dry. But I did have it pretty much all to myself which was nice. Don’t forget you have to hike back up since the trail is pretty much entirely the descending to the window

Chris and Teresa Gee
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Amazing view! Highly recommend going for sunset. Loved the slot canyon

Ryan Pevey
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Hiking

This trail really showcases the unique micro-environment of the Chisos Basin. As you descend, you walk through thick groves of trees until arriving in a canyon on the approach to the window pour-off. The path to the pour off winds it’s way through a very narrow section of canyon with man made steps to assist. It can be very slick in places. I highly recommend doing this trail in off peak months or hours. The last section of trail does not accommodate large crowds as it is single file only in some spots with very few places to step out of the way of other hikers. The “landing” at the pour off itself is also very small. The proximity of the trailhead to the “tourist capitol” Chisos basin means that many very large groups (i.e. church youth groups) hike this trail, often with a very high impact simply as a result of the group size (we saw a group of at least 20 essentially bulldozing people off the trail). They often have no understanding of hiker etiquette and can definitely interfere with the experience for many people by being loud, not yielding on the trail, clogging up photo ops for extended periods, etc. Like most of Big Bend, this trail simply isn’t able to nicely accommodate massive hordes of people and giant groups. This is still must-do trail for a Big Bend trip, though!

Mikala Hartis
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Meg Claiborne
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Hiking

Beautiful! The trail is easier to really appreciate on the way back than the way out. Heading out, you start off high and descend throughout most of the hike, which means the hard part of going back up is on the way back. The best view is at the actual window, so make it to the end. It's worth it! We left from the "18" spot and it was exactly 5 miles from camp to the window and back to camp. We also saw wild goats!

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Randy K
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Hiking

Awesome view at the window. Water flowing slowly. Parking at campground saves many uphill steps on return hike.

Cassandra Roschen
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Hiking

Gorgeous!! If you can catch it at sunset you will not be disappointed.

Cody Stephenson
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Hiking

Great views! Rocks were slick in a few places, but overall it was a great trail! A few others told us they saw a few bears on the trail, but we didn’t spot any during our time.

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Jacob Frady
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Hiking

Beautiful and easy trail. Saw several mountain goats and a non aggressive bear. I recommend hiking about half a mile up the oak springs trail at the end of the window trail for amazing views, especially if you don’t have time for the South Rim or Emory Peak trail

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Kim Dobbs
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Hiking

We are in our 50’s and did great until the last 1/2 mile to base camp. Suggestion—-drive down to the campground and start from there. That takes away that last brutal .6mile and you won’t miss a thing!! The Window was amazing and we had a nice picnic. We left around 10am—perfect weather. It started getting warm on the way back up.

Deb Gibson
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Downhill to the Window. Beautiful view at the end.

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