Tuff Canyon Trail, Big Bend National Park

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    Tuff Canyon
    by Basaic
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    My Husband Hiking in Tuff Canyon
    by KimberlyAnn
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    A Different Canyon

    by Basaic Written Nov 9, 2010

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    Tuff Canyon

    Tuff Canyon looks different than most canyons. This one is deep and narrow as opposed to the shallower and wider canyons that are more common. This is because Tuff Canyon is composed of a relatively hard volcanic rock called Tuff that resists the sideward erosion of flood waters. The canyon continues to get deeper but not much wider. You can take a short (about 3.4 mile) hike to the viewpoints or opt for a longer hike into the canyon. If you hike into the canyon be aware of the weather because flash floods are common during rainstorms.

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    Tuff Canyon Trail

    by KimberlyAnn Written May 13, 2005

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    My Husband Hiking in Tuff Canyon

    This is a three quarter of a mile walk, which leads you to overlooks along the way. You can lengthen this hike if you choose to take the trail down into the canyon, which we did. Once we reached the canyon floor, we walked through a narrow gorge along a wash. (Beware of flooding during the raining season.) High up on the side of the canyon walls we discovered a bee hive. Tucked into the crevice of the rock were a series of large honey cones.

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