Tuff Canyon Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length1.0 miElevation gain98 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Big Bend National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. This short hike highlights some of the varied and interesting rock formations that can be found in Big Bend. Start off near the waypoint marked "Trailhead" and follow the path of the trail towards the southwest. Off in the distance sits Castellan Mountain, which dominates the sky in this part of the park. The path slopes down to the mouth of the canyon and then makes a near 180 degree turn and heads northeast into the canyon.

PO Box 129 Big Bend National Park, TX 79834 Phone Visitor Information (432) 477-2251

From the center of Big Bend proceed south west on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive toward Castolon. The hike begins along the right side of the road near the 20 mile marker. Look for signs along the road. It should not be too hard to find.

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Olivia B
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We really enjoyed this little hike because the canyon floor is covered with pretty rocks.

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Christy Bormann
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Super easy hike. Nice little out and back in a fun canyon.

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Larry Stehlin
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Lot shorter of a hike In the overlook. Pretty cool to see though

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Allison Basford
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Fun rocks to climb but it doesn’t loop, so you end at a flat wall and turn around which was a little underwhelming. But lots of cool rocks and geology. Shady for most part because you’re in the canyon.

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The Posts
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Great little canyon trail with semi-steep descent into/out of the canyon. Semi-shaded, great quiet spot to lunch.

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Andrew Garland
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Fun to walk a canyon wash, but compared to other hikes in the park it's just ok. Kids really liked playing on the rocks at the end of the line.

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Cody Cohutta
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Dramatic canyon after a short descent leads through the wash and then beyond the AllTrails map you can continue by light bouldering, and once you reach the 16 foot or so light-colored ledge, pull yourself up by finding one of a few low hanging sections. Once on that next plateau it’s another easy half mile or so walk to a couple of very deep pools, beyond which it would be more difficult to progress, although you could conceivably go up the left bank and find another way down into the canyon farther along. On the way back about a quarter mile, I took an easy route up to the road and walked back from there.

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Danielle Holt
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Kyle Whitehurst
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Beautiful hike. Wear shoes that support your ankle, as you’re walking through loose gravel stone. Worth it!

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Lauren Hoegen Dijkhof
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A very easy hike with cool views above and below. Going up and down wasn't steep or slippery and was very gentle. Scenic and short.

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Irina Leon
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Greg Bogdan
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Nice little hike in a narrow dry canyon full of beauty.

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Jill Hughson
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Fun area to explore. Nice short trail. Lots of opportunities to twist an ankle if you’re not careful.

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Matthew Leland
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David DiGloria
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Takanori Kajihara
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It is interesting to goes down the canyon easily. I saw some people tried an off-trail route to climb the canyon, which look like not hard.

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Pete Adrian
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Fun and easy. A rock/boulder scramble at the end if you’re up to it. Other than that just enjoy the sights and the quiet.

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Michael BZKustoms
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Great Little Trail. Dead quiet. Creepy quiet in the canyon. Amazing rock formations. You can see the different layers on the canyon walls. Very hot. Take plenty of water.

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Cat Dartez
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We hiked into the canyon and enjoyed the echo of birds at sunset. We heard bats, but we didn't see them fly out. The stones along the bed of the wash are colorful: I didn't expect the vast variety of rocks we encountered. The trail itself is not rocky, but the canyon is. I recommend shoes with ankle support if you're unaccustomed to uneven terrain or have weak ankles. A nice bonus along the trail is the soft scent of the sage brush.

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Rikki Landry
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in March, Bluebonnets were in bloom and the trail was lined with them. short little hike, but very enjoyable

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Katie Thornton
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This was a great hike and our kids (6 and 9 years old) loved running through the canyon. We decided to hike up and out of the canyon at the end rather than backtrack. The rock was a little loose but we all made it up to the road without incident.

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Matthew Janis
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Awesome hike with some great views of the rock layers. End of December and it was dry. Kept hiking and climbed the boulders to the start of the canyon. Definitely a kid friendly fun little hike.

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Zack Belcher
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Great trail but be advised it does not loop around if you go down into the canyon. You hit a dead end and have to backtrack out. Still highly recommended, just a little misleading the way that AllTrails map show it as a loop.

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Greg Marshall
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Very short walk to the overlook areas. Much more fun to head down and hike in the canyon itself.

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Jack Tatsch
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Off of Ross Maxwell Drive. You can see nearly all of the canyon from the overlook. The makeup of the rock is volcanic ash. Very interesting.

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n stanton
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Great trail for the kids very short and fun canyon to play in.

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Kim benz
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Hiked this in the heat of the day. It was pretty but did not see anything that was worth the heat past the overlooks. It had not rained for 4 months so everything was about as dry as it could be....Overlooks are nice but not sure the rest of the hike is worth it.

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Mark Wulf
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