• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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    Extreme water shortage throughout park. Visitors are limited to 5 gallons per day, and are encouraged to conserve further when possible. Please consider bringing your own water to the park.

Mesa de Anguila

The Rio Grande, as seen from the Mesa de Anguila
The Rio Grande, as seen from the Mesa de Anguila.
Trevor Gureckis

Remote, and isolated from the rest of Big Bend National Park, Mesa de Anguila offers an opportunity for solitude in an area with exceptional views.

The trails may may not be obvious as animal trails diverge from the main trail, and sections of trail may be overgrown with grass and shrubs. The trek is recommended for experienced desert backpackers only.

Due to the difficult nature of this hike and environmental dangers of the low desert, hikers are strongly advised to purchase a detailed topographic map of this trail from the park bookstore before heading out.

Did You Know?

Hikers cautiously approach the Ernst Tinaja

The largest tinaja found in Big Bend National park, Ernst Tinaja, is about 13-15 feet deep. The floor is covered with small boulders. In the history of the park, it has only been recorded dry once, from March to June of 2000.