Hikes in Big Bend National Park


These are some of the most popular hikes in Big Bend National Park. Check in with the folks at the National Park to find out about trail and weather conditions. For more information, see the BBNP website.

Self-Guided Trails

Trail No./NameDistanceDifficultyTrailhead
1. Santa Elena Canyon Trail1.7 miles round tripmedium8 miles west of Castolon
2. Lost Mine Trail4.8 miles round tripmediumBasin Road, mile 5

Developed Trails

Trail No./NameDistanceDifficultyTrailhead
3. Boquillas Canyon Trail1.4 miles round tripmediumBoquillas Canyon spur road, parking lot
4. Pine Canyon Trail4 miles round tripmediumend of Pine Canyon primitive road
5. Grapevine Hills Trail2.2 miles round tripeasyGrapevine Hills Road, mile 6
6. The Window Trail5.2 miles round tripmedium (uphill on return)Basin Trailhead
7. South Rim13-14.5 miles round trip, depending on routestrenuous dayhike or backpackBasin Trailhead
8. East Rim3.3 mile loopmediumBoot Springs Trail or South Rim

Primitive Trails

Trail No./NameDistanceDifficultyTrailhead
9. Chimneys Trail4.8 miles round tripmediumRoss Maxwell Drive, mile 13
10. Dog Canyon5 miles round tripmedium5 miles south of Persimmon Gap at Bone Springs Draw bridge
11. Devil’s Den5.6 miles round tripmediumDog Canyon parking area
12. Marufo Vega Trail12 miles round tripstrenuous dayhike or backpackacross paved road from Boquillas Canyon Overlook
13. Outer Mountain Loop31.6-mile loopbackpackers onlyChisos Basin, Juniper Canyon, or Blue Creek Ranch Overlook
14. Mesa de Anguila of trails; distance variesbackpackers onlyLajitas

CAUTION! Summer heat and other extreme weather conditions may significantly increase the difficulty factor of hikes. Be aware of the possibility of flash floods, summer lightning storms and extreme temperature drops in the winter months. Always carry plenty of water and dress appropriately for weather and temperature conditions. Contact the National Park for current conditions.