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The Best Hiking in Big Bend

Looking for the best hiking in Big Bend? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Big Bend. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Big Bend

  • 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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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Hike Pine Canyon Trail

    4.3 mi / 1 ft gain
    Pine Canyon 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

    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

    4.3
    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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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    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

    Hike Emory Peak To Northeast Rim To South Rim Loop

    17.1 mi / 3 ft gain
    Emory Peak to Northeast Rim to South Rim Loop is a 17.1 mile loop hike that takes you past wildlife located near Big Bend National Park, TX.
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Hike Laguna Meadow Trail

    7.8 mi / 1 ft gain
    Laguna Meadow Trail is a 7.8 mile out and back hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Terlingua, TX.
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Hike Pinnacles Trail

    8 mi / 1 ft gain
    Pinnacles Trail is a 8 mile out and back hike that takes you past great forest setting located near Terlingua, TX.
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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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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Hike Big Bend's Emory Peak

    4.8
    8.5 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

    Hike Basin Loop Trail

    2 mi / 433 ft gain
    Basin Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile loop hike where you may see local wildlife located near Big Bend National Park, TX.
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Hike Emory Peak Loop Via Pinnacles & Laguna Meadow

    10.8 mi / 2 ft gain
    Emory Peak Loop via Pinnacles & Laguna Meadow is a 10.81 mile loop hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Terlingua, TX.
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    Catch a Sunset on the Window View Trail

    0.3 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

    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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