Window View Trail is a 0.3 mile heavily trafficked loop 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 walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length0.3 miElevation gain13 ftRoute typeLoop
Wheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingPavedViewsWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo 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. A short, nearly level paved trail with a great view of "The Window" formation and the Chisos Mountains. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least four feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle (all estimated under 5%) and the park website considers it wheelchair accessible so most wheelchair and stroller users will likely be able to traverse the trail.

Texas Tourism Division, P.O. Box 12728 , Austin, TX, 78711-2728, Phone: 800-452-9292

Directions from Alpine, TX: State Route 118 to the west entrance.Alternatively, there are two other paved roads leading into the park.Take U.S. 385 from Marathon, TX to the north entrance; or take Ranch Road 170 from Presidio to Study Butte, and then State Route 118 to the west entrance.There is no public transportation to or from the park. Amtrak serves Alpine, TX, 108 miles to the north. Bus service is available to Alpine and Marathon. The nearest airports are in Midland, TX (230 miles to the northeast), and El Paso, TX (325 miles to the northwest).

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HikingGreat!

Nice and easy hike, it was a paved path with an incredible view from the look out! Easy hike for all ages :)

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Corina Holman
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Rambling Roos
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Deepa Rao
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HikingGreat!

This is just a small boardwalk kinda trail - the sunset view of the window and beyond from here was great!! Recommend doing the window trail 1st which should take most people 2-3 hours and then visiting this one for the sunset.

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Jamey Jamey Winn
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HikingGreat!

Fully paved, well kept trail with a spectacular view of the Window.

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Rebecca Garcia
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely beautiful! Kid friendly!

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Erica Cerwin
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We wanted to do the full trail but had an injured member of our party so we settled on this one. Great view (and bear poop! )

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Shlomo Siegelman
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Richard Adams
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Tammy Thrash
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This is a great trail. You start at the Chisos Visitor Station. The walk is fairly easy, but very long. 5 miles to the look through of the window out the mountains. The views are beautiful.

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Melissa Hastings
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Lisa Casey
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Phillip Stoffel
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ReSy !
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Jupi ◇
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Mary Stillo
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Daisy Hollender
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WalkingGreat!

Is no necessary a hiking trail but has a beautiful spot to watch the sunset.

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Takanori Kajihara
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Hiking

It is good for morning warm-up before going Window trail or Emory peak.

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Kyle Thorpe
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Ashley Emerald User
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WalkingGreat!

Great little walk to see the window view if you don't get the chance to do the longer window view trail.

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Danycka Ramirez
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WalkingGreat!No shade

Perfect for watching the Sunset! Takes 3ish minutes to get to the view! Loved it! Perfect for young children!

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Janette Salas
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Very short trail . Our campsite was close so I was able to get some pictures when the sun was rising. The previous evening we had done the actual trail . This was perfect for morning coffee views .

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Susan Rudolph
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I would recommend this trail to anyone with limited mobility. Fully paved and short.

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Alan Johnson
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sunset at the window did not disappoint. Do Chisos Basin loop right next door for a warm-up; that's what we did. paved and extremely short loop with some informative displays.

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Hayden Bernstein
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I haven’t done them all, but I’ll say this is the most beautiful hike in Texas.

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Aline Murillo
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Easy and accessible. Didn't have enough time to do the full window trail for sunset but this was good enough. Completed January 2019

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Karen Davis
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Easy trail with a pretty view. Expect a crowd for the “sunset party.”

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Rachal RoessBoss
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Always a nice little hike especially for handicapped people

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