Big Bend National Park

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Big Bend 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 1,800 feet along the Rio Grande to 7,832 feet on Emory Peak in the Chisos Mountains. Elevation changes produce an exception variety of plants, animals, and scenic vistas. Generally, hikers can expect a 20°F temperature difference between low and high elevation hiking areas.

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  • Posted by JohnH on May 20, 2012


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    Reviewed by Tagnrocky on April 8, 2015

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    Santa Elena Canyon is an easy walk with big rewards. Cross Terlingua Creek. If really muddy, you can walk upstream and find a rocky crossing. Then walk up the paved steps to a wonderful vista of the Rio Grande. Continue on down until you reach the river with long views into the canyon. The canyon walls are 1500 feet high on the Mexican side. If you are lucky you'll see canoers on the river. Easy hike unless you can't do the paved steps up & into the canyon. 1.7 miles round trip.
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    Reviewed by Attila on July 21, 2013

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    Laguna Meadows Trail from the Chisos Basin into the Chisos Mtns is a good hike. Go early in the morning as it will get hot: may not as hot as down in the flatland's of Big Bend, but it will be hot. A good day hike. Fantastic views.

    Late spring through early fall there is a chance to see the Colima Warbler. The top of the Chisos Mtns is the place to see it. You might get a chance to see a Colima Warbler in the Sacramento Mtns of Southern New Mexico, but the best place is the Chisos Mtns. Birders from all over the world come to Big Bend Nat. Park for some world class birding. Colima Warbler is just one of many, although it is a specialty bird of Big Bend.

    Trail is pretty rough, and there is a good chance of seeing bear(s), and even possibly mountain lion though I wouldn't count on see the lion. There will be lots of bear scat and sign, and you'll probably see bear.

    Take care the trail is rough. I shattered my arm coming down a couple of years ago. Watch your step and beware of loose rocks and scree. Also, remember to take plenty of water. Dehydration is a concern in Big Bend, especially in the summer: it is that hot down there.
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