National Park

Big Bend National Park Hiking Guide

Big Bend National Park Hiking Guide

Hiking Trails

Big Bend National park is a hiker’s paradise containing the largest expanse of roadless public lands in Texas. More than 150 miles of trails offer opportunities for day hikes or backpacking trips.

Elevations range from 1800 feet at the eastern end of Boquillas Canyon to 7,825 feet atop Emory Peak in the Chisos Mountains. These elevation changes produce an exceptional variety of plants, animals, and scenic vistas.

Tips and Hints



Watch the weather. Even distant rain can cause flash floods where you are in the park. Wear old shoes in case the Terlingua Creek crossing is muddy. If the water here is deep and swift, do not cross. Once across the creek, the trail climbs a flight of concrete steps, then slopes gradually down to the river’s edge inside the canyon. This is one of the narrowest places in the 7-mile long Santa Elena Canyon.

Keep your distance from all wildlife encountered during your hike. Any wildlife can be unpredictable. Keep a distance of at least 100 yards. Remember that all park resources – fossils, plants, animals, artifacts and rocks – are to remain as you find them. Each person is entitled to the same sense of discovery you experience when traveling the park trails.

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