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
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.
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.
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.
Last updated: November 21, 2023