Big Bend South Rim Trail

  • Stunning view South Rim Trail in Big Bend National Park, Texas.


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14.5 (miles)


Out & Back

~2000 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)


The South Rim Trail is a strenuous hiking trail in Big Bend National Park, Texas. This is a tough hike, with a lot of elevation gain. It may not be the best trail for those hiking with small children. The hike starts at the Basin Trailhead. The park says "this challenging trail is well worth the 2,000 foot gain, as midway are the stunning vistas from the South Rim. Ascend either the steeper Pinnacles or more gradual Laguna Meadows Trail. During Peregrine Falcon nesting season, the Northeast and Southeast portions of this trail are closed. It is not uncommon to see tracks and scat of black bear, mountain lion, and gray fox along Chisos Mountains trails. Carmen Mountain whitetail deer, rock squirrels, whiptail lizards, spotted towhees, tufted titmice, and Mexican jays are also common in these mountains." As with all trails in Big Bend, make sure to carry plenty of water and sunscreen when hiking. There are three developed front country campgrounds in Big Bend National Park, the Chisos Basin Campground, Cottonwood Campground and the Rio Grande Village Campground.

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Contact: Big Bend National Park P.O. Box 129 Big Bend National Park, TX 79834

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