Boot Canyon Trail (BBNP)

  • Boot Rock in Big Bend National Park, Texas.


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12.6 (miles)


Out & Back

~1875 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)


The Boot Canyon 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 Chisos Basin Trailhead. The park says this hike "leads from the Pinnacles Pass to the South Rim, passing through the lushest environment in the Chisos Mountains. Depending on annual rainfall, water may be present in pools along the canyon during parts of the year. Arizona Cypress and other trees may be found here, and nowhere else in Big Bend National Park. Look for Colima warblers here as well. 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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