Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Trails in Big Bend

Santa Elena Canyon Trail

This trail begins at the end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Although a short trail, it is one of the grandest spectacles in the park. After crossing Terlingua Creek, the trail climbs several short switchbacks and then gradually descends along the banks of the Rio Grande. Hikers are ...

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The Chimneys Trail

A relatively easy hike to a series of prominent volcanic dike formations in the scenic western end of the park. The "chimneys" have always been an important landmark and Indian rock art can be found along the base of these high pinnacles. The trailhead is well-marked along the Ross ...

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The Lost Mine Trail

This moderately difficult trail begins at mile marker 5 along the Basin Road. With it's accompanying trail guide (available at the trailhead), this is an excellent introduction to the plants and animals of the Chisos Mountains. The trail starts at an elevation of 5,600' and steadily climbs to the ...

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The Window Trail

This trail begins from the Basin Campground near site #52. This trail is unique in Big Bend in that it descends 800 feet from the trailhead for two miles. Hikers then must gradually ascend on the way back. The first mile is through open scrub vegetation with fantastic views ...

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The Window View Trail

This paved trail begins at the Chisos Basin Trailhead area and circles the low hill to the west. Benches are located at a number of placed along the trail. This trail provides one of the better sunset views in the park. Handicapped accessible. Directions Directions from Alpine, TX: State Route 118 ...

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Tuff Canyon Trail

Located along the southern end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, these two landmarks are worthy of in-depth exploration. Tuff Canyon was carved out of soft volcanic tuff (compressed ash). The deep and narrow canyon is easily observed from two viewing platforms. If you wish, you may enter and ...

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Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail

An awesome primitive trail that winds through a narrow, rocky gorge to the very top of the Burro Mesa Pouroff. From the trailhead 6.9 miles south on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, the trail gradually descends into the narrow ravine. You will have to scramble over some rocks, but ...

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Ward Spring Trail

A pleasant, rarely-used desert hike leading to a tiny backcountry spring. Enjoy the great desert views and interesting vegetation. The trailhead is along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive at mile marker 5.5. From the trailhead you can see where a large volcanic dike dips into the canyon...this is the ...

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