The Best Photography in Big Bend

Looking for the best photography 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 photography spots in and near Big Bend

  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Drive the scenic Basin Drive

    12.4 mi / 2 ft gain
    Basin Drive is a 12.4 mile out and back roundtrip drive that takes you past scenic views in Big Bend National Park, TX.
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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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  • 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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    Hike the Window Trail in Big Bend

    4.5
    4.4 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

    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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  • 29.270483,-103.301669

    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

    Backpack the Chisos Mountains

    5.0
    13.9 mi / 2400 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 to Cattail Falls

    5.0
    3 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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  • Alpine, Texas

    Hike Boquillas Canyon in Big Bend

    3.0
    1.2 mi / 229 ft gain
    Boquillas Canyon is one of the longest and most beautiful canyons Big Bend has to offer. To get here you will head towards Rio Grande Village from the park's headquarters at Panther Junction. If desired, you can stop at the store in Rio Grande Village to pick up some snacks and beverages before y...
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  • Terlingua, Texas

    Hike Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend

    4.6
    1.7 mi / 610 ft gain
    Santa Elena Canyon is one of the crown jewels of Big Bend National Park, and something you surely don't want to miss if you pay the park a visit. To get here you will take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive from Panther Junction, the park's headquarters. This drive has many pull-offs to take advantage...
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