Big Bend National Park Things to Do

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  • 1. Santa Elena Canyon Trail

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Santa Elena Canyon sits in the southwest corner of the park next to the Rio Grande river and the border with Mexico. The river cuts through the adjacent cliff in this area creating a dramatic canyon....

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  • 2. Chisos Mountains

    5 out of 5 stars

    The Chiso basin is a high plateau created by an ancient volcano that created the surrounding Chiso Mountains. Some of the best hiking in the park is here along with the highest abundance of wildlife...

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  • 3. Boquillas Trail

    When the official border crossing closed, trade coming across the border here slowed down a lot but did not stop. These enterprising Mexicn goatherders had a sideline selling souvenirs to tourists...

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  • 4. Hot Springs

    If you would like a longer walk, instead of returning the way you came after visiting the Hot Springs continue on past the springs. You will come to a fork. The left fork loops up onto the top of the...

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  • 5. Mule Ears Spring

    The Mule ears are a famous rock formation in the park, this trail leads to a springs by the base of the ears. The hike is a couple of miles each way so be prepared with water and good hiking boots....

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  • 6. Rio Grand Village Nature Trail

    4 out of 5 stars

    This hike is along the border in the southwest corner of the park. The trail leads through some marshes, along the river and then up a small peak for magnificent views over the river and the small...

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  • 7. Terlingua Ghost Town

    A mass of dilapidated wooden board houses which have fallen into disuse. They were built by the miners who came to pan for gold in them thar hills. Quite interesting to visit. There is a hotel there,...

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  • 8. Big Bend National Park

    If you enter the park from the North as I did your first stop should be the Persimmon Gap Visitors Center. Here you can get a map of the park, other information to help you plan your visit, and...

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  • 9. Window Trail

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Window is one of the most popular views in the park, and has become one of the symbols of Big Bend National Park. This pour off channels all the rainwater from the high Basin to a sudden 200 foot...

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  • 10. Fort Davis National Historic Site

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    There are a variety of other attractions nearby in West Texas: Fort Davis National Historic Site is an old fort from the days of western expansion; nearby state parks include: Big Bend Ranch State...

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  • 11. Sam Nail Ranch Walk

    After you turn off the main road onto Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive the pulloff for the Sam Nail Ranch Trail is one of the first places to stop. This is a short, dirt path that leads to the remains of the...

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  • 12. Grapevine Trail

    At the end of the Grapevine Trail you will find a trail that climbs for one quarter mile, ending at a natural window created by boulders, called Balanced Rock. This section of the trail was fairly...

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  • 13. Chihuahuan Desert Trail

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is an easy one half-mile loop with interpretive signs along the way that takes you through the shrub habitat Chihuahuan Desert. There are a large variety of wonderful prickly pear cacti such as...

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  • 14. Tuff Canyon Trail

    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...

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  • 15. Sierra Del Carmen

    This big mountain range is located in Mexico on the Southeastern side of the park. It makes a very impressive shape barring the horizon when you drive towards Rio Grande Village from the Northwest. It...

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  • 16. Chisos Basin Loop Trail

    The Basin Loop Trail is a 1.6 mile moderate difficulty trail with nice views of the window area along the route. The trail climbs a little over 200 feet and winds through shady stands of pinyon pine,...

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  • 17. Dagger Yuccas

    Dagger Flat Drive follows a dirt road, that you should not drive if there is heavy rain, as there can be flooding. You can pick up a booklet for 50 cents at the head of the road, which corresponds...

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  • 18. Davis Mountains

    The countryside around the town of Fort Davis is beautiful. The Davis Mountains are gorgeous, and the vegetation is quite different from what you see in Big Bend National Park, with more little trees,...

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  • 19. McDonald Observatory

    The heart of the Davis Mountains seems to be the ultimate spot for isolation away from city lights and polluted air, ideal for a state-of-the-art modern astronomical observatory. Run by the University...

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  • 20. Big Bend Museum

    Do not miss this nice little museum if you go to Alpine. It features explanatory panels and objects on the history and geology, fauna, flora of the region. When I went, it also had a very interesting...

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  • 21. Cerro Castellan

    Cerro Castellan is a very colorful peak located near the end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. The multi-colored bands reveal much of the geological history of this area. Violent volcanoes, silent...

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  • 23. Castelon Visitor's center

    This visitor's center is built on the site of a former merchants store along the border. it was later used during the Mexican revolution as a US army post to...

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  • 24. Santa Elena Canyon

    The Rio Grande has carved out three magnificent canyons in the Park which start and end abruptly - one moment you are in a canyon with over 1000 feet high walls...

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  • 25. South Rim of the Chisos Mountains

    OK, I didn't actually have time to hike up here, but you should try and take the time. The views from up here are World class. Try and come during the late Fall...

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