Explore the most popular trails near Big Bend National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.


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Great fun and actually needed 4 low on two occasions. Beautiful sights.

off road driving
2 days ago

Easy trail.

Nice trail and easy walk close to the river.

10 days ago

Nice trail leading to the canyon but very hot with limited shade.

A nice, quiet drive, but the low speed limit throughout the park makes this a half to full day venture.

Nice to drift

off road driving
23 days ago

Nice in Jeep - love to drift

Seen it wet and dry - very neat formations

Muddy wet wonderful test of my vehicle

Short and nice in morning

Waterfall at the end was spectacular!

This hike is difficult but rewarding. Some choose to hike the trail clockwise which takes them down Juniper Canyon trail the first day. I would advise this, as I have done the trail counter clockwise and day 3 up Juniper Canyon can be extremely strenuous. Personally the second day down the Dodson was the most difficult. We made out hike in early spring but the lack of shade and the extreme temperature swing in the afternoon really made the last half of the day MISERABLE. This was all replaced after the camp was set up and the stars came out. Hands down the clearest I have ever seen the stars in my life.

I would recommend caching water at Homer Wilson and Juniper Canyon. We ended up with extra water in the end but as many of you know the weather in Big Bend can fluctuate rapidly. Weather forecast for the day we hiked the Dodson called for highs in the low 80's but it was easily 100 degrees in the afternoon. So a little extra water isn't going to hurt. It actually makes for a pretty refreshing cool down before the final stretch back down into the basin.

This trail is very rewarding with spectacular views and solitude but can be very dangerous if you go in unprepared. Carry plenty of water, and KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS!

mountain biking
26 days ago

Nice beginner trail. Actual first ride with no problems. Saw a bunny and mule deer running across the trail.

We weren’t able to go. The road is currently closed

Great way to unwind after a full day of hiking. Didn't really see the loop and just took it as an out and back trail to the hot spring. Some historical buildings along the way and pictographs as well. The trail we took to the hot spring was very muddy most of the way due to recent rain so consider than with your footwear. The unpaved road to get there is narrow and very bumpy at times. Not sure if a sedan would cut it but maybe if youre careful with the potholes. Nobody was there at 6pm when we arrived on labor day so that was perfect for relaxing.

1 month ago

Great hike to get you warmed up and ready for some of the longer trails available. Nice views of the surrounding peaks and window. A little more difficult than I had expected. I would say somewhere between easy and moderate. GPS has distance at 2.6 miles and took a little under 1 hour to complete.

1 month ago

Quick walk that gives you a taste of what the longer hikes have to offer. Nice views of the window but better ones can be had if you opt for a more difficult hike or possibly the patio of the restaurant.

We hikes this trail last weekend and loved the amazing waterfall view. There was a large rainstorm the night before and a local said it was the waterfall was the fullest he had ever seen in twenty years. That being said, I can’t speak for this trail on an average day but I can imagine any water in the desert would be well worth it. Also, the road is permanently closed so you can expect to hike closer to 5-6 miles rather than three

Although it’s not a hike, the drive is spectacular!

Pretty easy hike, take water. Nice walk along the river.

Not really a hike, but a great view!

Take lots of water. Full sun exposure almost all the way and back. Views of aoudad sheep and rattle snakes. Hot springs at end of the trail. Great hike!

Easy trail. Fun and short!

spectacular off-road journey, you'll find yourself once you lose yourself....

great new addition. amazing geological history adding layers of fun and new understanding to revisited sights.

what a beautiful trail. longer than usual as the gate from Ross Maxwell scenic drive was closed. rest in the lush green Oasis prior to the final hike up to the falls was sublime. caught sight of a golden eagle soaring in the warm air uplift in the cliffs. kids 7 and 9 enjoyed every step. quiet trail when the gate is closed.

Our favorite short hike in BBNP. Everyone warns of drive there but we come up Old Ore from the south headed north in small SUV and have never had issues getting to trail head. Color and rock formations are amazing. Did the hike 12 years ago with a baby in my backpack carrier, a 5 year old and 6 year old. Did it again several times since, Easy hike and well worth it. Most people stop at the tinaja but with a little bouldering you can go pretty far further. Watch hand placement as always, we did see a gorgeous blacktail rattlesnake on the cliffs while night hiking here. Make sure to stop at Juan's gravesite on the drive in to pay respects. Just north past the trailhead on Old Ore you can follow a dry creek to a small cemetery with about a dozen gravesites not marked on many maps.

off road driving
3 months ago

a good long trail with many scenic vistas... can be done in most vehicles with a little careful driving. we did it in a Jeep but never broke a sweat! just a note... anywhere you see a tree along this route there is water!

easy and fun trail only a few spots of exitement. mostly awesome views of BBNP!!

We did this trail in early March with my 3 little kids and it was easy and a lot of fun! Perfect for families!

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