Day Hikes

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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 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.

Big Bend Hiking - Hike Smart!
Every year rangers respond to numerous Big Bend hikers that are unprepared for the challenges of desert hiking.

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.

Check out the BBNHA Bookstore for Helpful Trip Planning Materials
The Big Bend Natural History Association offers a wide array of excellent trail guides, maps, and Big Bend titles.


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Last updated: September 6, 2023

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



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