Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Scenic Spots in Big Bend

Blue Creek Ranch Overlook

This overlooks provides a view of the headquarters of the Homer Wilson Ranch, one of the largest in the region prior to the establishment of the park. A short trail leads down the ranch buildings and connects with the Blue Creek Canyon and Dodson trails. Headquarters & Visitor Information 432-477-2251 Weather Information ...

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Burro Mesa Pouroff

Take the 1.5 mile side road to the base of the colorful cliffs that make up Burro Mesa. A 1/2 mile trail takes you into a hidden box canyon to a high dry waterfall. A variety of desert wash plants and magnificent geology surround you in this worthwhile roadside ...

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Emory Peak Trail

This is a 9 mile roundtrip hike to the highest point in Big Bend National Park (7,832'). The last 25 feet require a scramble up a sheer rock wall, but your reward is the ultimate panoramic view! From the Basin Trailhead take the Pinnacles trail for 3.5 miles. At ...

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Mule Ears Viewpoint

A beautiful viewpoint along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. From the parking area, the Mule Ears Peaks dominate the view. A 2-mile long trail will take you to a delightful desert spring. Headquarters & Visitor Information 432-477-2251 Weather Information ...

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Old Maverick Road

This 13 mile improved dirt road connects Santa Elena Canyon to the Maverick entrance station. While passable to most vehicles most of the time, this road tends to be rough; the fourteen miles usually takes around an hour to drive. This road is subject to high water and flooding ...

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Sotol Vista Overlook

Located along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, Sotol Vista shouldn't be missed! From the viewpoint you are rewarded with unparalleled views of the entire western side of Big Bend National Park. You can even see Santa Elena Canyon in the distance! Headquarters & Visitor Information 432-477-2251 Weather Information ...

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The Mesa de Anguila

The mesa forms the right hand (U.S.) side of Santa Elena Canyon. It is a high uplift that extends well into Mexico. This area is for experienced hikers/backpackers only. The 7.5 minute USGS topographic map of the Mesa is essential, as are good map reading skills. The various trails ...

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The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

The thirty-mile Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive leads to the Castolon Historic District and Santa Elena Canyon. Along the way the road showcases some of the historic and geologic features for which this region is famous. ...

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The Sam Nail Ranch

One of the many homesteads that once dotted the Big Bend, the Sam Nail Ranch now provides shade and water for desert wildlife. A windmill still pumps water and attracts a great variety of birdlife. Sit quietly on the benches and listen for javelina, painted buntings, and hummingbirds. Headquarters & ...

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The South Rim Trail

The South Rim is located at the extreme southern edge of the Chisos Mountains. At the rim, the desert floor lies 2,500 feet below you and vast panoramas of rugged desert and mountains beckon far into Mexico. The South Rim can be done as a strenuous day hike, but ...

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