Top Adventures in Big Bend

  • Hike Balance Rock

    A simple, quiet drive down a dirt road (Grapevine Spring) leads you through desolate landscape until a parking lot sprouts up to your right.  From here you can see that a stretch of land sandwiched in a little valley where the trail heads directly...

    2 miles 75 ft gain

  • Camp at Nugent Mountain

    Nugent Mountain is a very handsome butte and Big Bend is a great place to go get some splendid desert solitude and recharge your good vibes. This campsite, NM1, is the perfect spot to relax and get a great practice in.NM1 is one of the park's many...

  • Hike the Lost Mine Trail in Big Bend NP

    If you are looking for expansive views of the Chisos Basin in Big Bend NP, the Lost Mine and South Rim Trails are MUST do's!  The South Rim Trail is a much longer 12+ mile hike (best views in park) which some will overnight or experience in a full...

    4.5 miles 1130 ft gain

  • Backpack to the Southeast Rim of the Chisos

    This 14 mile loop provides incredible views of the Chisos mountains. This hike can be done in a day, but to really take in the scenery, stay overnight and experience the incredible cliffs overlooking Mexico. You can add on an extra 2 mile by doin...

    14 miles 1600 ft gain

  • Hike Big Bend's Emory Peak

    The hike to Emory Peak zig-zags up the face of the mountain, and only when you reach the peak do you get the full, 360 view of Big Bend National Park. Trust me, it's gorgeous. You get some pretty amazing views before reaching the peak, too, but yo...

    8.5 miles 2401 ft gain

  • Backpack the Chisos Mountains

    Most people don’t know that there are 8,000-foot peaks in Texas, but in the exceptionally remote southwest corner of the Lone Star State, Big Bend National Park’s Chisos Mountains soar high over the Chihuahuan Desert. The South Rim of the mountain...

    13.9 miles 2400 ft gain

  • Catch a Sunset on the Window View Trail

    If you're staying at Chisos Basin, the sunset at Window View Trail is one to see. The Window View Trail is a paved, wheelchair-accessible, 0.3 mile loop that starts near the Chisos Basin Store and leads to a viewpoint.The viewpoint provides an exc...

    0.3 miles

  • Hike the Window Trail in Big Bend

    The Window Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Big Bend National Park. Whether you're visiting for a day or camping at one of the sites in the park, the Window Trail is a hike worth doing, and can be done in just a couple of hours at a leisu...

    4.4 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike the Outer Mountain Loop

    The Outer Mountain Loop is a 3-day hike in Big Bend National Park. It traditionally starts at the trailhead in the Chisos Basin, leaving the Lodge area by way of the Pinnacles Trail. You then follow the Boot Canyon Trail to the Juniper Canyon Trai...

    32 miles 5000 ft gain

  • Hike to Cattail Falls

    Head south on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive in Big Bend. Just after mile marker 3, you will see signs for the Sam Nail Ranch overlook, and a small opening in the scrub brush will appear on your left... but go slow, it's easy to miss!Turn left dow...

    3 miles

  • Hike to the Boquillas Hot Springs

    The Boquillas Hot Springs are the most famous of geothermal hot springs along the big bend of the Rio Grande River. The springs were originally built into a bathhouse by J.O. Langford in the 1900s and while only remnants of the building remain it'...

    1 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike Boquillas Canyon in Big Bend

    Boquillas Canyon is one of the longest and most beautiful canyons Big Bend has to offer. To get here you will head towards Rio Grande Village from the park's headquarters at Panther Junction. If desired, you can stop at the store in Rio Grande Vil...

    1.2 miles 229 ft gain

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    • Big Bend National Park, Texas

      Chisos Basin Group Campground

      Overview Chisos Basin Group Campground, situated high in the rugged Chisos Mountains, is one of the most sought-after campgrounds in Big Bend National Park. It has seven group camping sites availab...

    • Big Bend National Park, Texas

      Chisos Basin (Big Bend)

      Overview Chisos Basin Campground, perched high in the rugged Chisos Mountains, is one of the most sought-after campgrounds in Big Bend National Park. At an altitude of 5,400 ft., the campground is ...

    • Big Bend National Park, Texas

      Rio Grande Village (Big Bend)

      Overview The Rio Grande Village Campground sits on the banks of the Rio Grande, the International Boundary between the United States and Mexico. It is one of the most popular campgrounds in Big Ben...

    • Big Bend National Park, Texas

      Rio Grande Village Group Campground

      Overview The Rio Grande Village Group Campground sits on the banks of the Rio Grande, the International Boundary between the United States and Mexico. The four group campsites are great options for...

    • Terlingua, Texas

      Coyote Crossing Campsite 1

      Coyote Crossing is a 21 acre Primitive Tent Area that is directly on 118 just a mile or so from Gas, Food, Post Office, Hardware Store, Horse Back Rides, River Tour Guides, Outfitters, local craft,...

      From $30/night

    • Big Bend National Park, Texas

      Cottonwood (Tx)

      Overview Cottonwood Campground is a quiet desert oasis in the southwestern corner of Big Bend National Park. Conveniently located between the Castolon Historic District, the scenic Santa Elena Cany...

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