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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Hike Balance Rock

    3.0
    2 mi / 75 ft gain
    A simple, quiet drive down a dirt road (Grapevine Spring) leads you through desolate landscape until a parking lot sprouts up to your right.  From here you can see that a stretch of land sandwiched in a little valley where the trail heads directly east.  The trail is easy to follow, just keep yo...
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    Camp at Nugent Mountain

    Nugent Mountain is a very handsome butte and Big Bend is a great place to go get some splendid desert solitude and recharge your good vibes. This campsite, NM1, is the perfect spot to relax and get a great practice in.NM1 is one of the park's many backcountry, car camp sites. You will need to get...
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Hike the Lost Mine Trail in Big Bend NP

    4.4
    4.5 mi / 1130 ft gain
    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 ...
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    Window Trail in Big Bend

    4.6
    4.21 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Window Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Big Bend National Park. Whether you're visiting for a day or camping at one of the sites in the park, the Window Trail is a hike worth doing, and can be done in just a couple of hours at a leisurely pace. The Window itself is a V-shaped canyon ...
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Window View Trail

    0.38 mi
    If you're staying at Chisos Basin, the sunset at Window View Trail is one to see. The Window View Trail is a paved, wheelchair-accessible, 0.3 mile loop that starts near the Chisos Basin Store and leads to a viewpoint. The viewpoint provides an excellent view of the desert floor framed by the Ch...
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Backpack to the Southeast Rim of the Chisos

    14 mi / 1600 ft gain
    This 14 mile loop provides incredible views of the Chisos mountains. This hike can be done in a day, but to really take in the scenery, stay overnight and experience the incredible cliffs overlooking Mexico. You can add on an extra 2 mile by doing the Emory Peak trail which gets you to the top o...
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    Emory Peak via Pinnacles Trail

    4.9
    9.44 mi / 2401 ft gain
    The hike to Emory Peak zig-zags up the face of the mountain, and only when you reach the peak do you get the full, 360 view of Big Bend National Park. Trust me, it's gorgeous. You get some pretty amazing views before reaching the peak, too, but you are hiking on the inside of the “horseshoe” loo...
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Hike South Rim Trail Boot Springs Trail

    11 mi / 2 ft gain
    Emory Peak via South Rim Trail and Boot Springs Trail is a 14.9 mile loop hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Big Bend National Park, TX.
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Chisos Mountains Loop

    5.0
    15.3 mi / 3737 ft gain
    Most people don’t know that there are 8,000-foot peaks in Texas, but in the exceptionally remote southwest corner of the Lone Star State, Big Bend National Park’s Chisos Mountains soar high over the Chihuahuan Desert. The South Rim of the mountain bowl features a few backcountry sites that allow ...
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Hike the Outer Mountain Loop

    32 mi / 5000 ft gain
    The Outer Mountain Loop is a 3-day hike in Big Bend National Park. It traditionally starts at the trailhead in the Chisos Basin, leaving the Lodge area by way of the Pinnacles Trail. You then follow the Boot Canyon Trail to the Juniper Canyon Trail, which leads out of the Chisos Mountains to the ...
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Cattail Falls

    5.0
    3.0 mi / 360 ft gain
    Head south on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive in Big Bend. Just after mile marker 3, you will see signs for the Sam Nail Ranch overlook, and a small opening in the scrub brush will appear on your left... but go slow, it's easy to miss! Turn left down the dirt road. Follow it for about a mile or ...
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    Hike Oak Spring Trail

    5.0
    7.4 mi / 1 ft gain
    Oak Spring Trail is a 4.3 mile out and back hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Big Bend National Park, TX.
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Upper Burro Mesa Pouroff

    3.63 mi / 413 ft gain
    While you may question what scenery the Upper Burro Mesa Pouroff Trail could offer given the initial view, enjoy the stroll through the Chihuahuan desert as you gradually find your way into a narrowing gravelly wash. You'll have to pass down a few dry falls of varying height, the final passable f...
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Blue Creek Trail

    11.52 mi / 2 ft gain
    Blue Creek Trail is an out-and-back hike located near Big Bend National Park, TX. This trail can make for a longer 11-mile roundtrip hike or if you prefer a shorter trip, you can explore the Homer Wilson Ranch with a short ~2-mile roundtrip hike from the Blue Creek Trailhead. 
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Hike to the Boquillas Hot Springs

    5.0
    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    The Boquillas Hot Springs are the most famous of geothermal hot springs along the big bend of the Rio Grande River. The springs were originally built into a bathhouse by J.O. Langford in the 1900s and while only remnants of the building remain it's still a perfect place to soak after a day of hik...
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Camping and Lodging in Big Bend

Chisos Basin Group Campground
Big Bend National Park, Texas

Chisos Basin Group Campground

Chisos Basin (Big Bend)
Big Bend National Park, Texas

Chisos Basin (Big Bend)

Rio Grande Village (Big Bend)
Big Bend National Park, Texas

Rio Grande Village (Big Bend)

Rio Grande Village Group Campground
Big Bend National Park, Texas

Rio Grande Village Group Campground

Big Bend  Resort & Adventures
Big Bend Resort & Adventures, Texas

Big Bend Resort & Adventures

From $24 / night

Cottonwood (Tx)
Big Bend National Park, Texas

Cottonwood (Tx)

Guides, Insights and Stories from Big Bend

The Top 8 adventures in Big Bend National Park

The Top 8 adventures in Big Bend National Park

Korey Taylor

Starry Nights and Sun-Soaked Canyons at Big Bend National Park

Starry Nights and Sun-Soaked Canyons at Big Bend National Park

The Outbound Collective

You Need To Explore Big Bend National Park. Here's Why.

You Need To Explore Big Bend National Park. Here's Why.

Alex E

5 Can't-miss national parks in the Southern US

5 Can't-miss national parks in the Southern US

The Outbound Collective