Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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

Not so much a hiking trail, more of a siteseeing stop, but worth the stop and short walk. Couple ruins you can go in at the beginning and one closed off part way down the trail. Visited in June so stopped here in the middle of the day when needing a break from longer hikes. Good photo ops.

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.

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!

hiking
2 months ago

I read this was easy and very close to the lodge where we were staying. We decided to take the hike while waiting for check in time. I personally found this trail more difficult than the Lost Mine trail. It's rated Easy on All Trails but Moderate by the park staff. I agree with the park staff. It's an interesting trail with great views and lots of elevation change. Worth the effort just more difficult than I expected. At 58 years old difficulty level is an important factor.

Nice hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Pine Canyon Trail head is at the end of a 6 mile primitive road. The park recommends 4X4 drive, however we made the trek in Desmond out Honda CRV without noticeable damage. The trial is a easy-moderate 4 mile in and out. The first 1.6 miles are in the sun. Beware of flies, their presence is overwhelming at times. This is where you encounter first of many ecosystems. Next the trail come to a moderately wooded area, and slowly becomes more dense. This is where we encountered two black bear cubs, and momma bear. We never made it to the waterfall due to the presence of the bears. Despite the bears, the changing of ecosystems were exhilarating. Great hike!

hiking
3 months ago

The best thing you can say about it - it's accessible. Very short walk through a garden of cacti.

scenic driving
3 months ago

The road is graded gravel & we saw 3 cars coming out of it, so we took a chance. Besides some birds, we saw no other wildlife. Just the cacti. It was interesting to be among the cacti & be a part of the desert (if you can do that in a car).
After about 5 miles the road got really bad - huge washouts & potholes. A car pulling an RPOD passed us going out. We think they were actually camping back there! The campgrounds were full the night before.

hiking
3 months ago

Completely useless trail. There is NO view of the Rio Grande. The view is only ok. Put it last on your list.

A short walk in the desert. I hesitate to recommend it to families however, because there's a lot of cacti surrounding the trail. If you take your kids beware. This hike is at Dugout Wells picnic area & it's a neat place. We walked the paths in the oasis as well.

scenic driving
3 months ago

Our favorite scenic drive in the park! Loved it!

The trail is very short, but your kids will like it. The fossil display is great! Very well done.

hiking
3 months ago

Not one of my favorites, but an ok trail. Good for families. You can't get into the canyon like the Santa Elena canyon trail. Also, you have to fend off a persistent Jesus "the singing Mexican".

A ranger told my husband this was his favorite trail. Very easy to find. Just drive through the campground to site 18. park on the side of the road. I liked the small wetland you walk through & the hike around the hill was great too. Views of the Rio Grande & Mexico. Great family hike.
This was a popular place at sunset. Everyone camping there walks up the hill for a great view.

scenic driving
3 months ago

This is a great scenic road from Panther Junction. It's got lots of great hikes. A seasonal Visitor Center, a campground & store. The only crossing into Mexico in the park is here.
Saw roadrunners, coyote, rabbits & javelina!!

hiking
3 months ago

Paved & accessible, this is just a .3 loop to see the window. Has a bench & lots of information boards. Nice to see if you don't have the time or inclination to take the longer trail.

Easy trail. There's some historical buildings & some pictographs up on the side of a cliff. The hot spring is ...well not my cuppa. It had about 8 guys drinking beer in it. Just......no. Enjoyed the trail. It's good for families with small children. Just don't let them near that cesspool - oops - hot spring!
The drive there is nerve racking. The road is gravel & halfway there splits. You're driving on a narrow gravel one way road through a ravine until it comes together again. The parking lot is generous, but was full when we went on a late Sun afternoon in April.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike if you are short on time or don't feel like doing one of the longer mountain hikes. Offers some alternate views of the Window and is a good place to encounter wildlife along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy stroll with some inclines and declines to warm up for the rest of the Big Bend trails

4 months ago

More of a walk than a hike, but beautiful views particularly at sunset.

Hiked with a couple friends and we enjoyed being alongside the river.

Bumpy, but great shortcut to Santa Elena. Nice sighting of a primitive structure along the way.

Really well designed building at the fossil exhibit.

The road was smooth, the scenery great, and I got way too excited driving through the tunnel.

Beautiful drive to make when you first enter the park.

Hot/exposed at first but leads into a wooded area with lots of shade!

steep climb with switchbacks at start. might be slightly tricky for novices on backside going down. can be very hot late in day. nice along Rio Grande at end

on Old Maverick Road

4 months ago

Easy drive saw a tour bus taking it with no problem.

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