Explore the most popular river 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.

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

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.

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

We made the hike mid-day in 110 degree weather, it is advised you make the hike early in the morning for you summer hikers. Trail ends at the Rio Grande Hot Springs (great muscle relaxer). Be sure to take a dip in the Rio Grande!

scenic driving
3 months ago

Our favorite scenic drive in the park! Loved it!

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".

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.

awesome trail to hike... bring lots of water, it gets hot

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

Beautiful drive to make when you first enter the park.

Starts at the hot springs and leads to rio grand “village” which is actually just a picnic area. Can also be done in reverse but we wanted to finish and take a dip in the hot spring which was a treat. Be sure to bring a lot of water! There is no shade on this trail whatsoever. Great views of the river and canyon and across the river to Mexico!

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

This was a fun hike for the kids. Lots of big rocks to climb over. Started to get a little warm in the afternoon sun but that is to be expected

Enjoyable enough..a little too crowded for my taste, but worth enjoying the hot spring :)

interesting place to see..

off road driving
5 months ago

Great scenery during the drive. Didn't stop at any sites on the way, but did stop for some amazing photos. Would definitely do again if I had more time.

We stopped short of The Hot Springs to enjoy the Rio Grande on our own. Even in February it was warm. As with all trails in this region you need plenty of water. Take a day pack with river shoes and a swim suit.

Great spot to sit and soak in the Rio Grande. Cool history. Pretty sunsets.

My family hiked this trail in early February. It was great for hiking with a nine month old in the backpack and a five year old. I love how it goes along the cool Rio Grande and the cliffs that have sand dunes at the base that can be explored. Just beautiful.

There are a few sites along the path that Mexicans have crossed the river and set up sales of art pieces (bead figures, walking sticks, and this year “No Wall” koozies). My five year old enjoyed being able to see the horses and men across the river who readily waved back. A couple of road runners who seemed to be well fed by hikers let us see them for more than the usual run across the road.

We took a snack and tested by the river for a few minutes, played in the sand and the hiked back.

Great family hike.

Really surprised at the end. The rock formations out shown the water hole in the rocks. Stunning and intriguing.

scenery is great but all day travel one side to other is long.
take plenty of water and food.

This short easy hike is worth it, parking is limited but there is a bathroom near. The hike is easy, nice view of the rio Grande and it was cool to see the Mexican ranchers and horses across the river. Shade is limited until you get closer to the river. Great for kids. The canyon is beautiful, when we went there was a Mexican vendor singing beautiful songs into the echo of the canyon as well as selling handmade souvenirs. I don’t understand the low ratings, it’s short and worth the view inside the canyon.

*we went In January (lovely in the daytime) but I can imagine it gets hot in the summer*

scenic driving
7 months ago

Nice scenic route on a paved road that takes you past several old abandoned ranches

scenic driving
7 months ago

The paved route takes you through the core of Big Bend NP to numerous trailheads and scenic overlooks. It is a must do to get a good taste of the area.

Pack twice as much water as you think you'll need and reapply sunscreen every 45 minutes to an hour.

Beautiful trail with great views overlooking Rio Grande River and Mexico. Must try the Hot Springs Pool as it was only about 1/4 mile from parking lot. Drive to parking lot was awesome only if you have less than a dually truck. Dually and RV WILL NOT fit. Was not prepared and came back the next day to swim. Hot all year! Must see!

Preferred this hike over the Santa Elena Canyon. Beautiful views with more space to explore once in the canyon. Must see!

hiking
7 months ago

I walked in from the south as an adventure through the desert. Glad I did; a normal sedan would have a difficult time not ending up with damage. Worth the extra few miles each way really.

Good luck to the dude in the rental mini van I saw headed in.

Great short trail back into the canyon with scenic views of the Rio Grande and the massive cliffs on the Mexico side. The first 1/3 mile goes over a rocky hill and down the other side, then the trail levels out as it travels through the trees down to the river bank. It’s apparent traders from Mexico cross the river here, as they leave their goods on the trail for sale (park rules say not to buy anything, as this activity is apparently illegal), but we did enjoy hearing Jesus the singing cowboy on the other side, and he wished us a Feliz Navidad as we passed by. Definitely recommend this short hike if you’re on the east side of Big Bend National Park!

Short trail with interesting history, well worth it! It can get crowded but the ambiance of this place is amazing

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