Big Bend National Park on a moody, storm filled day, is quite the experience. Fog and low clouds drifted across the mountains. Rain poured down from the sky and a few of the roads close to the border with Mexico were covered in debris and water.
My heart was pounding with excitement and I was a little damp from running around in the rain :)
Favorite Hikes + Places to Explore
- Chimneys Trail – a moderate 4.8 mile hike to volcanic formations.
- Chisos Basin Loop – a moderate 1.8 mile hike through dense vegetation. An attractive area for mountain lions and bears.
- Dager Flat Auto Trail – a dirt road filled with desert views. Check on road conditions before heading out.
- Grapevine Hills Trail – a 2.2 mile trail to balanced rocks.
- Hot Springs Canyon Trail – a moderate 6 mile trail taking you close to the river and Hot Springs Canyon.
- Mule Ears Spring Trail – a park favorite at 3.8 miles, through the foothills of the Chisos Mountains.
- Rio Grande Village – an easy .75 mile trail with spectacular views of the Rio Grande River.
- Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive – a 30 mile paved road with stunning overlooks and access to numerous hikes.
- Sam Nail Ranch – an easy .5 mile loop to the old ranch homestead.
- Santa Elena Canyon – a moderate 1.7 mile hike to Santa Elena Canyon, taking you to the water’s edge.
- Window Trail – a moderate 5.6 mile hike through Oak Creek Canyon.
- Window View Trail – an easy .3 mile hike perfect for catching sunset in the park.
Do you have a list of favorite hikes and destinations in Big Bend National Park? If so, I would love to hear all about them in the comments below!