Day Hikes

desert hiker

***Extreme Heat Warning***.
Big Bend is a Desert Park.

Summer temperatures reach 100 degrees by late morning, and remain extremely dangerous until well after sunset. Carry and drink plenty of water.
Do NOT hike in the heat of the afternoon. Rangers are responding to multiple heat emergencies on a daily basis.

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 exceptional variety of plants, animals, and scenic vistas.

To protect the solitude and serenity of Big Bend's trails, groups larger than 30 persons must split up and hike different trails.

Pets are NOT ALLOWED on trails in Big Bend National Park.

Leave No Trace Video
All Big Bend hikers and backpackers are asked to follow Leave No Trace principles. The goal is to have minimum human impact on the park as a result of your trip. This video will introduce you to Leave No Trace principles.


Last updated: August 3, 2021

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PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129



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