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Big Views on Desert Hikes!

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There are many miles of trails and paths in the Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park.  We will customize the trip to your desires of easy walking to challenging hikes. Listed below are some of our favorite trails, but we will be glad to guide you on many other trails.       

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Basic Itinerary for a Day Hike

  • 9:00 a.m. Meet in Terlingua, Texas

  • 9:30 a.m. Arrive at trail head

  • 12:00 p.m. Enjoy lunch at a scenic overlook

  • 3:00-5:00 p.m. Finish hike and return to Terlingua, TX

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Lost Mine Trail

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This classic Big Bend hike is 4.8 miles round trip and  gains 1300' in elevation to the top of Lost Mine peak in the Chisos Mountains. This trail offers outstanding views while meandering though oak, juniper, and pinyon pine forests. 

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South Rim and Laguna Meadows

This trail climbs steadily  with amazing views of the Chisos Basin and the Window until it reaches the grassy flats of Laguna Meadows. Return back or continue on to the South Rim. From the rim enjoy impressive views into Mexico. This 7-13 mile hike is rated as challenging due to 1,600 foot elevation gain.  

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Hot Springs - Hike and Soak

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This trail passes an old general store and motor court dating back to the 1910’s when J.O Langford homesteaded this land. Several pictographs and petroglyphs line the rock cliff walls beyond the homestead.   This is a  6 mile hike rated as moderate, due to little shade and uneven terrain. 

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Backpacking   Adventures

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A great way to truly immerse yourself in the wild landscapes of the Big Bend is to travel by foot. Get off the grid and into the wild on an overnight backpacking trip.

There are several famous backpacking loops in the Big Bend: South Rim, Rancherias Loop, Mesa de Anguilla, and the Outer Mountain Loop. Numerous other options are imaginable.

Custom trips to suit your specific desires and physical conditions. We will supply all the gear needed, including food.

So here is a short list of our favorite hikes in the Big Bend.  All mileage is round trip. My favorites are at the beginning!

*Lost Mine- 4.8 miles, goes to the top of a mountain with sweeping views into Mexico.
*Santa Elena Canyon- 1.8 miles, goes about a half a mile back into the canyon.
*Boquillas Canyon- 1.6 miles, on this trail Mexicans from Boquillas, Mexico, across the border will have souvenirs for sale.  You can also stop at the Boquillas village overlook on the way to the trailhead.
Consider hiking the Rio Grande Village Nature Loop- 1 mile, if you are hiking Boquillas Canyon. It goes through a spring fed laguna with amazing bird watching.
*Window- 3.6 miles if you start at the campground or 5.8 if you start at the visitor center.  This trail descends to the bottom of the window into a small slot canyon at the end. It is all uphill on the way home.
*Lower Burro Mesa Pouroff- 1 mile down an arroyo that has pretty colorful banded rock walls to a dry waterfall.
*Mule Ear Springs- 4 miles, througn volcanic rock to a little seeping spring.

For higher mileage:
*South Rim- 11.5 out and back or 12.5 if you make the Laguna Meadows and Pinnacles trail loop.  This trail takes you to the edge of a cliff with phenomenal views. 
*Emory Peak- 10.6 miles to the top of the tallest mountain in the Big Bend.  Great views but know there is a rock scramble to get on top of the mountain. 

Big Bend Ranch State Park:
*Closed Canyon- 2 miles into a narrow slot canyon. (This trail is close to the Hoodoos.)
*Hoodoos- 1.8 miles loop trail to big mushroom shaped balanced rocks down by the river.
*Fresno Divide Trail- varying lengths as you can make a loop (8 miles) and connect with other trails. Open mountainous views.

We could go on and on..... don't see a trail here that you want to know more about?  Shoot us an email and we will be glad to tell you what we think!