Hike the Lost Mine Trail in Big Bend NP

Lost Mine Trail

Moderate day hike with spectacular views of the Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park. 

If you are looking for expansive views of the Chisos Basin in Big Bend NP, the Lost Mine and South Rim Trails are MUST do's!  The South Rim Trail is a much longer 12+ mile hike (best views in park) which some will overnight or experience in a full day trek.  If you do not have time for the South Rim Trail, you have to hike the Lost Mine Trail! There is a small parking area off of Basin Junction Road which will fill up quickly after the am hours.  No restrooms or water at the trailhead so make sure to plan accordingly. The entire trail is pretty exposed offering views that keep getting better and better as you ascend. The trail is very well maintained and can get busy but the views are 100% worth it. 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera 
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RT Distance 4.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1130 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Autumn, Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Scenic

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Overall rating: 

Good hike with great views.

I asked every ranger I met in the park what their favorite hike was. Thy all answered Lost Mine. The parking lot fills quickly, but there is a shuttle that runs between the Amphitheater overflow parking and the trailhead. Shuttle schedule is posted across the street from the overflow lot. We did this hike with 7 kids, the youngest being 5, 7, and 8. Challenging, but do-able. And well-worth the views!

Great Hike

Nice hike with great views from the top. Saw a rattlesnake on the trail, so be careful!

Possibly the best hike in Texas

This day hike is amazing. It's a tough one. You have quite a bit of climbing to do, but the trails are pretty easy. You don't have to climb over boulders or anything. The views are breathtaking.


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