The Window Trail

MODERATE 204 reviews
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The Window Trail is a 5.2 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.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
948 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

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.

hiking
12 days ago

Amazing view, the end is tucked away in a nice shady spot and doesn’t take too long

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail, beautiful views. Loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

We recommend getting out as early as possible as we were the only ones on the trail the entire way down and the trail got more crowded on the return. We are novice hikers and had no problems completing in under 2.5 hours with plenty of time for viewing the window and taking pictures along the way. The last mile back to the lodge is the hardest for those that are less experienced.

1 month ago

We thoroughly enjoyed this hike. It’s almost all downhill for the first 1.5-2mi down into the valley (which means uphill coming back). Starts at the Chisos mountain campgrounds. Once you get into the canyon at the bottom it is incredible. My partner found the exact spot where the water originates and starts to flow down stream. The rocks were easy to cross and the trail is so very well maintained. The rocks directly near the actual window itself are very slippery however. My recommendation would be to not get cute and try to see how far out into the window you can go before it drops off. We loved this hike and did it on an off day to recover after climbing Emory the day before. Highly highly recommend.

1 month ago

It got pretty crowded and slippery towards the end, but the views were awesome the entire way

1 month ago

Well worth the drive down and the hike. Easy hike; just a bit of a climb, but the views are more than worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning views, easy hike. Well worth the effort / payoff ratio. We went right before sunset for some magical colors and walked back with the sun setting. At the bottom we drank a Big Bend beer we bought from the store at the top of the trailhead

hiking
1 month ago

Just like everything in BBNP, this is just magnificent. The views of the surrounding mountains and then, out the 'window' into the desert are awe-inspiring.

2 months ago

Spectacular views! The trail is fairly easy until you reach the last 1/4 mile to the waterfall. You will have to scramble across some slick rocks but the view it totally worth it, Highly recommended!

2 months ago

Majestic views... A must do trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice easy hike with great views at the end. I used this as a break the next day after Emory Peak and then hit South Rim. Very nice.

2 months ago

Not difficult until the end, where the creek crossings can be difficult due to slippery rocks. Great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful hike! Just enough water to make the crossings interesting and challenging.

3 months ago

Go at dusk. The sunset is majestic. Hiking back in the dark is good fun!

3 months ago

Very good hike. Stream running enough to make getting to end both wet and enjoyable.

4 months ago

Interesting when getting close to the Window, but the first few (and last few) miles can get really hot and feel pretty long.

4 months ago

It’s was a really fun trail to explore. Beautiful scenery.

4 months ago

Incredible hike. Great for morning. Make sure to wear good footwear and be aware that you may get wet!

5 months ago

Good trail - sat at edge of window - was dry at that time

hiking
5 months ago

My awesome 9yo son John said “it was pretty cool”.


This is our first time to Big Bend. The views from the Window Trail were amazing! Had to deal with a little flooding, not a biggie tho. Overall great experience. .

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike with views from in the basin up towards the walls of the surrounding peaks. Spotted lots of wildlife on this trail including roadrunners, rattlesnake, and a bear. Another hiker said they spotted a golden eagle and I could hear something above but never saw it. Started from the bottom of the campground so that took some mileage off and the change in elevation is spread out over the whole hike so it never seems too tough. GPS has distance at 4.9 miles and took just over 1 hour each way.

5 months ago

The end of the trail is a dramatic View! Just beautiful. Didn’t see any bears

hiking
6 months ago

A fun hike that's deceptively longer than it appears. Bring water. The old saying is 'One hour there, three hours back', and it's sort of true, especially with kids. Last time I was there, there was a good deal of bear activity, so consider spray. There are other trails uphill of the Window that encircle the Basin, so the Window can become a great place to stop, take a break, and enjoy the breeze before continuing on.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike that starts at the chiso Basin. Starting at the campgrounds will save you 0.6 miles. The initial hike is enjoyable as you're hiking downhill. Near the last mile, you start hiking in the riverbed that leads to the window view. The view is awesome and the canyon walls provide nice shade and cool breeze. Be aware of the season you're going in and the time of day. As we were hiking out around 11 at the end of may, the beginning of the trail isn't shaded and temps got up already into the high 90s.

8 months ago

We started the trail from the Chisos Basin campground. I think it shaved off about .4 miles. The trail is basically downhill the whole way. You are exposed the first .5 miles and then you get more tree cover as you go. It is a gorgeous trail! The view from the window is spectacular. So worth it. We were feeling the heat as we were coming back around 3:00. I recommend leaving earlier or starting after 5pm.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a great hike! The downhill decent provides lots of views and just keeps getting better as you go. The terrain gets a little harder as you get closer to the window but some magnificent views are to come. Watch your timing as the heat and the return hike with an uphill stretch at the end can be though in the heat of the day. The ice cream from the store was the perfect end to this trail.

9 months ago

Spectacular is an understatement. Unexpected dead end to the trail, mostly shaded, with lots of smooth rocks. While on this trail hiking junkie Mia Viccinelli once said “I wanna touch where no man has touched.” While on the hike I sold my sole to the Chisos Mountains and completed the last mile of the hike without the sole of my shoe. Worth it.

9 months ago

The end is slightly technical and the views are beautiful. The rest is a leisurely walk. It is downhill from the Chisos lodge area and then uphill on the way back. I prefer up-and-down trails, but overall a good hike. Some of my family struggled with the uphill portion at the end of the hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike with a beautiful descent into the basin. First half is a decline and pretty easy, but the final climb into the window might be tough if you have balance or mobility issues. The way back is all incline so take lots of water and try to go early so you don't get trapped on the steep switchbacks in the midday sun.

hiking
10 months ago

The view is spectacular!

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