Looking for a great trail near Big Bend National Park, Texas? AllTrails has 55 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 25 easy trails in Big Bend National Park ranging from 0.7 to 30.9 miles and from 1,833 to 5,757 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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muddy
2 days ago

We caught this trail after a storm came through the evening before, so it was very muddy in places. Views from the top will be spectacular on a non-cloudy day, which we were not blessed with. Trail is well maintained and hike is challenging, but not exhausting.

Really nice trail, after the long gravel drive to the trailhead. I would recommend your trekking poles, as the last quarter mile of the hike is more like rock climbing. The mountain, and the balanced rock is excellent!

Has to be one if not the best hike so far. So much to see, fantastic views. Conditions do change from close quarters to wide open fields. Took South Rim by way of Pinnacles. Less than 30 minutes into hike came across small Black Bear. Start early as you can, my step counter on this trail alone surpassed 40,000 steps. I’m no professional but glad I prepared and conditioned myself months prior to visiting the park. If you only had one day to visit, do this one!

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 days ago

Really great trail. If you can go all the way, the first view you see is the view until the last little bit at the top when you come up over the other side for a different view. Both really great views, but if you aren’t planning to go to the end, don’t push yourself to see more. It’s the same up until the very last little bit. I would hike this again.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Nice, short scramble at the end, maybe 1/4 of a mile. The balancing rock was pretty cool, too. Be careful on the road out. It’s starts fairly easy but gets progressively worse. You may need a high clearance vehicle. I would definitely do this trail again if I came back.

hiking
5 days ago

Felt longer than 4.9 miles. You walk through soft wash most of the way. Kinda cool to walk along the top of the canyon. I did not have to do any boulder scrambles. I took the trail up the right side of the canyon— you really have to rely on cairns to find your way once you take a right out of the wash and start up the canyon, could be difficult after rain. Cairning is caring

hiking
5 days ago

Quick easy trail

hiking
5 days ago

Fun hike 1.8 to the steep climb then another .25. Even our 3 year old enjoyed the hike

hiking
5 days ago

Winter hike with 4 year old and 1 year old. Great hike and perfect distance.

Cute easy trail. It was interesting reading the signs with fun facts on the way through

Went up through meadows and down pinnacles. Took us about 5.5 hours with a few stops and eating lunch at the top. Most beautiful view in the park! I highly recommend if you’re wanting a challenge

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

I did this trail for the first time in early May 2018 and wrote a review and my experience about it then. I was not properly prepared then for the heat and ended up being dehydrated and with painful muscle crumps. But I made it back and learned from the experience. Since then, I did the trail again in January 2019 and a third time two do days ago. Although true, this can be a dangerous trail, it can be done safely if one prepares for it. And the views are certainly worth it! So, as others also said before, bring at least a gallon of water in winter and more in late spring. If possible, avoid doing it in the summer. And in any case, do not do it alone. And start early (at sunrise) as it gets hit even in winter with no shade and the sun beating down on you. The trail starts easy enough but turns right (East) in a quarter mile steep climb about 1.5 miles into the it. It gets easier for a while and you reach a split at about 3.6 miles. We took the south fork which had us going down a steep incline toward the river for about 3/4 of a mile. This is one of a couple tougher parts of the trail and one needing caution as it is easy to slip on the loose gravel. Here you will have beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the river. At about the sixth mile you reach another split where you can go right all the way to the river or continue left for 2 miles to connect to the north fork. If you choose to go to the river, this would add another mile to the distance and make the total trail distance 15 miles(AllTrails is wrong to list the trail as 13.5 miles). When you turn left you will go about 2 miles, much of it parallel to the river, after which you turn left, and navigate through a canyon going steadily up. This is another tough part of the trail you should take care with and look for the cairns to keep you on the trail. Once you get back to the split, you reverse the route you took earlier for 3.6 miles to the trail head.

Such a fun hidden gem!! Lots of wildlife, and the “climb” gets you to the top of a lookout where you can see the entire campground, Mexico, and Boquillas canyon. Fun to do at sunset or sunrise!

hiking
no shade
11 days ago

Good hike mostly flat with gradual climb towards end. We followed Dog Canyon trail to the first wash the the rock cairns after that.

Awesome hike. I recorded it to be 12.4 miles. I went up the pinnacles side and down the luguna. Did not go up to Emory peak. Took a little less than 7 hours with a few breaks. There was snow and ice throughout the trail, which is very rare, but be sure to watch your footing if that’s the case. You will be hurting by the end of it but the views are worth every bit of it.

hiking
15 days ago

Really nice primitive trek. Only saw one other group the whole time. I did south fork first, which I highly recommend. I did a short first day, camping up top on the south rim prior to descending into the canyon. The rangers mentioned that the sites down by the river can be a little dangerous, so I opted to camp there instead. Loved my spot, had a great sunset view over Mexico! You’ll notice a large flat area right on the trail just prior to descending into the canyon, and there are a few pre-established tent plots around there. The north fork on day 2 is much more challenging, but very beautiful. Pay attention to carins, as I can see how it would be easy to get turned around. I didn’t have any trouble, but if I hadn’t been paying close attention I would’ve gotten turned around pretty frequently. Significant climb to get out of the canyon, definitely a challenging day 2! Felt longer than 8.5 miles on day 2. No shade on the south fork, so plan accordingly. Also no places to filter water, so pack it all in!

Really wonderful trail! The emery peak offshoot is pretty challenging, especially with a heavy pack, but absolutely worth it. Day 1 up pinnacle to the east rim is all uphill, and certainly a long day so plan accordingly! But day 2 down laguna is all significant downhill. The south rim is wonderfully vast and beautiful! Be sure to watch the subset while you’re up there. No places to filter water, so pack it all in with you.

ohv/off road driving
over grown
rocky
washed out
15 days ago

Vehicle 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off Road Premium 265/70/17 BF Goodrich KO2's Stock suspension Sliders Front skid plate We took this road slow and it took about 4.5 hours to do. We stopped a few times to take pictures and enjoy the views. This was my first off road trail and it was a blast. I'd definitely say it's a 4x4, High Clearance road. Great views. More than likely you'll get some pinstripes on the side of your vehicle, however it's nothing a little buffing out can't remove. If you have side steps I would remove them, they'll more than likely grab and get damage/damage the vehicle if they get torn off. However this could possibly be avoided by taking a different line or stacking rocks. I hit my skids, but that was because of carelessness in a certain moment. I would say a stock 5th Gen 4Runner could make it if it has 4X4 and you remove the side steps.

15 days ago

It was alright. Wish we could get into canyon but climbing on the boulders and to the cave are cool. Could do without the "questionable" homemade trinkets.

15 days ago

More of a path than a hiking trail.

15 days ago

Not a trail. Exhibit don't go out of your way to see. If passing by stop and get your card punched

hiking
15 days ago

I think this trail is fairly moderate- easy for a typical hiker. There are some elevation gain but people long the way were nice and din’t cut us off. We climbed up and satisfied with the Chisos moutain view. Big Bend never fails to amaze me. This trail is a typical moutain trail in Big Bend. However, I didn’t get to see a various ecosystem along the way. Since I got bored with the view, I got tired while climbing up. But climbing down was very easy and enjoyable.

hiking
bridge out
15 days ago

I love this trail despite the fact that there’s no shade on the way and the hot spring was not amusing in my opinion. However, I enjoyed the view along the hike. It started out with beautiful moutain view then you can see an overlook of beautiful Rio Grande river. Highly recommend for a sunny 60F day.

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