On Diablo East Nature Trail looking towards Amistad Reservoir.
Diablo East Nature Trail

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Whether looking to just stretch your legs with a short stroll or to take a longer hike, Amistad National Recreation Area offers hikers a number of easy trails to explore. At the Pecos Day Use Area, there is a short interpretive nature trail where you can enjoy views of the Pecos River, its cliffs, and a wide variety of plants. Read on to learn about safety considerations while hiking. More trails with maps are available at the bottom of the page.


Hiking Safety Tips

  • Always carry enough water (1 gallon per person per day).

  • Hike during cooler hours of the day.

  • Always use sunscreen and wear protective clothing.

  • The landscape is full of plants with thorns; wear pants and heavy-soled hiking boots.

  • Watch out for venomous snakes. The best way to do this is to not put body parts into areas you can't see into (tall grass, mounds of rocks, etc). If you encounter a snake, do not make any sudden movements. Stop, then slowly back away from it. Do not kill the snake. Snakes are protected by federal law and play a very important part in the desert ecosystem.

  • If you plan to hike alone, always let somebody know where you are going and when you will return.

  • Take only pictures; leave only footprints. All things inside National Park Service boundaries, living and non-living, are protected by federal law. The removal of plants, animals, artifacts, rocks, etc., is prohibited.

  • Bring a copy of Amistad National Recreation Area's hiking maps, which show the park's boundaries, since hiking on adjacent private land is not permitted.

  • For additional safety considerations, visit the park's Safety page.

Mountain lion in front of river. The identifiable feature is its tail, which is two-thirds the length of its body. The cat is a tawny color.
The most recognizable feature of a mountain lion is its long tail, which measures about two-thirds the length of its body.

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Mountain Lion Safety

Mountain lions (Puma concolor) are known to be in the area but are rarely seen. While an encounter is unlikely, it is always a good idea to be prepared and know how to react in case you have an encounter with an aggressive mountain lion.

  • Maintain eye contact, and never turn away from the lion.
  • Stand up straight, with arms above your head in order to appear larger. If children are hiking with you, pick them up and hold them.
  • Back away very slowly in case the lion is guarding a kill or her den.
  • If the lion approaches, throw rocks or sticks and yell at the animal.
  • If the lion does attack, fight back.

Satellite view map of Diablo East day-use area. Three trails are marked on the map: the Blue Trail Loop (0.98 miles), Green Trail Loop (0.5 miles), and Nature Trail (0.3 miles).
Diablo East Trail Map. Click for printable version.

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Diablo East Trail System

Diablo East day-use area has three trails: the Blue Trail Loop, the Green Trail Loop, and the Nature Trail. The Blue Trail Loop is about a mile long with its trailhead at the RV dump station. It loops north and west, briefly connects with the Green Trail Loop, runs through the south end of the lower parking area, and returns to the RV Dump Station. The Green Trail Loop is 0.5 miles with its trailhead near the public restrooms on the north end of the lower parking area. The loop runs west and south from here, briefly connects with the Blue Trail Loop and returns through the lower parking area. Hiking the two trails as a connecting circut will provide a longer, 1.3-mile loop.

The short, interpretive Nature Trail (marked on the map with an orange line) begins on the north end of the upper parking area and does a small loop on a point of land near the lake shore. It is .3 miles in length. This trail provides information about a variety of plants, and a hiker can enjoy sweeping views of Amistad Reservoir.

Satellite view map with Sunrise Trail as a tan line from west end of Lyon's Club parking to the northeast ending at Spur 454. At bottom of map, Highway 90 runs mostly east to west. Park boundary is red. Inset is expanded view with San Pedro Campground.
Sunrise Trail map. Click for printable version.

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Sunrise Trail

The Sunrise Trail is approximately 1.5 miles long and connects the parking lot at 9685 Hwy 90 West to Spur 454. The hike begins on the Highway 90-side of the covered area but soon after cuts back toward the water. Located on the old Brite Ranch, there often is opportunity to view a large variety of plants and birds on this hike. There are benches on which to sit and enjoy the sweeping views of the lake. The map also depicts where the shoreline is in relation to the trail when the reservoir is at 1117 feet above mean sea level (amsl) in lighter blue and 1100 feet amsl in darker blue. The park boundary is in red. The inset shows where the trail is in relation to San Pedro Campground.
Aerial map showing a series of trails that comprise the longest section in the recreation area. Located on the old Figueroa Ranch, these rolling trails will take you through desert and shrubland plants, while providing views of the lake and the dam.
Figueroa Trail Map. Click for printable version.

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Figueroa Trail System

Across the Devils River from Southwinds Marina and Governors Landing is the Figueroa Trail System. The trailhead for this system is near the Rock Quarry Group Campsite. The Figueroa Trail is actually a series of trails that comprise the longest section in the recreation area. Located on the old Figueroa Ranch, these rolling trails cross through desert and shrubland plant habitats, while providing views of the lake and the dam.

CAUTION: The Figueroa Trail System is located within Hunt Area 1. Please be especially vigilant for hazards during hunting season (September 1 - February 28).


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    Last updated: March 19, 2024

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