The Chisos Mountains contain some of the most rewarding day hikes in Big Bend, especially during the summer months when it is too hot to hike at lower elevations in the park. It is not uncommon to see tracks and scat of black bear, mountain lion, and gray fox along Chisos Mountains trails. Carmen Mountain white-tailed deer, rock squirrels, whiptail lizards, Spotted Towhees, Tufted Titmice, and Mexican Jays are also common in these mountains.
Boot Canyon Trail
Difficulty:Strenuous; Distance 3.5 miles from the Chisos Basin Trailhead then continues 2.8 miles to the South Rim
Chisos Basin Loop Trail
Difficulty:Moderate; Distance 1.8 miles round trip
Difficulty: Strenuous; Distance: 10.5 miles round trip
Lost Mine Trail
Difficulty: Moderate; Distance: 4.8 miles round trip
Difficulty:Strenuous; Distance 12-14.5 miles round trip
Difficulty: Moderate; Distance:, 5.6 miles round trip
Window View TrailDifficulty: Easy; 0.3 mile round trip
Begin at the Chisos Basin Trailhead
This easy, paved wheelchair accessible trail circles a low hill with excellent views of the mountain peaks surrounding the Chisos Basin, and a view through the window. Benches along the trail offer a place to sit and enjoy a classic Big Bend sunset.
Last updated: June 7, 2021