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Best trails in Big Bend National Park

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Looking for a great trail near Big Bend National Park, Texas? AllTrails has 57 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Big Bend National Park, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 23 easy trails in Big Bend National Park ranging from 0.7 to 30.9 miles and from 1,833 to 5,790 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Big Bend National Park
Top trails (57)
#1 - Lost Mine Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
The Lost Mine trail serves as an outstanding introduction the flora and fauna of the Chisos Mountains, only 1 mile into the hike their is a saddle offering stunning views of Casa Grande and Juniper Canyon. The remainder of the trail climbs steeply in and out of juniper, oak, and pine forest. The trail abruptly levels out at the ridge with superb views of Pine Canyon and the Sierra del Carmen in Mexico.Show more
#2 - Emory Peak via South Rim Trail and Boot Springs Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 14.9 mi • Est. 8 h 8 m
This route goes counter-clockwise and hikers have reported that the access, if you decide to go clockwise is actually closed off. Show more
#3 - Balanced Rock Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 55 m
This scenic trail covers 2.2 miles round trip and ends at a spectacular balanced rock formation. Grapevine Hills Trail is an easy hike up a sandy wash surrounded by massive boulders. After 1 mile the trail ascends to a low saddle at the end of the drainage. Follow the signs to locate the giant "window" of boulders. This is one of the most picturesque spots in all of Big Bend NP. Kids love this trail! The trailhead is located 7 miles down the Grapevine Hills Primitive Road. Ask a ranger about current road conditions.Show more
#4 - Boquillas Canyon Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 38 m
A beautiful canyon on the Rio Grande The trail starts in a parking area at the end of the Boquillas Canyon spur road, and climbs over a low hill and drops down to the river.Show more
#5 - Big Bend Hot Springs Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 40 m
A short trail to a mineral hot spring.Show more
#6 - Cattail Falls
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
Users have reported that there is a gate at the trailhead that is sometimes closed.Show more
#7 - Hot Springs Canyon Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
This is a great trail, going along the Rio grande river into the Hot Springs Historic District. The trail has great views and vegetation, some historic sites (Native American carvings!) near the end at hot springs. Show more
#8 - Window View Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
A short nearly level paved trail with a great view of "The Window"Show more
#9 - Pine Canyon Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
The road leading to the trailhead may be difficult for 2WD vehicles.Show more
#10 - Outer Mountain Loop
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 24.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
Though a favorite of many experienced hikers, this beautiful backpacking loop is a challenge. Many people do not complete the loop due to the heat, lack of shade, and the amount of water required to be packed ahead of time. Make sure to read up and be prepared for this hike before hitting the trail.Show more
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