4 Amazing Hiking Trails in Big Bend National Park

For all you adventurous hikers who feel you have already been on most of the trails in the Big Bend area we have listed a few below perhaps you haven't traveled. The National Park has 1,252 square miles to roam and has some amazing trails that are off the beaten path and less traveled. The park officials will have some great ideas for those hikers who want to go further into a more secluded area and off the beaten path.

Amazing Hikes In Big Bend

Ernst Tinaja Hike

Ernst Tinaja Hike

Do not be discouraged by the slow and bumpy 5 mile trip to the trail head because the wondrous trail is worth the trip. The swirling orange rock surrounds a deep natural pool dug in the bedrock. This hike is good for all skill levels and offers rocks and crevices for the kids to climb.

Round Trip - 1 mile

Trail head - Old Ore Road (7 miles north of Rio Grande Village)

 

Hot Springs Canyon Rim Hike

Hot Springs Canyon Rim Hike

Who doesn't love the idea of a dip in a 105 degree hot springs? After the Hot Springs Canyon Rim hike that takes you through beautiful red mountains and then stair step down toward the river is your reward. Your hike begins winding up a hillside surrounded by views of the Chisos and Del Carmen mountains and then you will soon view the Rio Grande River below.

 

Round Trip - 6 miles

Trail head - Daniels Ranch in Rio Grande Village

 

Pine Canyon Hike

Pine Canyon Hike


The trail is more than 2 miles up into the foothills and into Pine Canyon. The last half mile of which is mostly an uphill scramble in a narrow canyon. Don't get your heart set on seeing 150 foot water fall in the desert as this happens only after a rain. The beautiful views of the valley and looking east from the trail are worth the hike even if the falls aren't flowing. This hike ends in a woodland of pine, oak and maple trees which is a rarity in the desert.

Round Trip - 4 miles

Trail head - Pine Canyon Road (12 miles south of Panther Junction)

 

Upper Burro Mesa Pour off Hike

Upper Burro Mesa Pouroff Hike

The Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail in Big Bend National Park is a moderate trail that requires scrabbling over boulders as you descend into the canyon. From the Javelina Wash you hike through a narrow canyon and into a giant pothole. From this cave there is a crack where all the water flows out and dropping hundreds of feet. The scenery is amazing in the middle of the desert.

 

Round Trip - 3.6 miles

Trail head - Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive (16 miles northeast of Castolon)

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