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4.8 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~ 800 (+)

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Chimneys Trail (BBNP)


  • Cactus Wren's are a common along the Chimneys Trail in Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Activities & Features


The Chimneys Trail is a moderate hiking trail in Big Bend National Park, Texas. This hike starts at milepost 13 on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. This trail is kid friendly, but as always parents should use their own discretion. The park says his trail is a "moderate hike (due to distance) to a series of prominent volcanic dike formations. The "chimneys" have always been an important landmark, and Indian rock art marks the base of these high pinnacles. The chimneys are 2.4 miles away and easily seen from the trailhead. The trail beyond the chimneys continues west another 4.6 miles and ends on the Old Maverick Road near Luna's jacal. This is an enjoyable 7-mile hike if you can arrange transportation on the opposite end. From the chimneys you can also head northwest 1.5 miles to the huge cottonwood tree that marks Red Ass Spring. Return the way you came. In the spring, bluebonnets, paintbrush, bi-color mustard, desert marigold, yucca, ocotillo, and cacti blossoms add color to the desert landscape." 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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