Chisos Basin Loop Trail

  • Chisos Basin at sunset in Big Bend National Park, Texas.


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1.5 (miles)



Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)


The Chisos Basin Loop is an easy hiking trail in Big Bend National Park, Texas. This hike is kid friendly. The hike starts at the Chisos Basin Trailhead. The park says "the trail climbs gradually through shady stands of Mexican pine, oak, and juniper with many outstanding vistas of the window, and mountains surrounding the basin. Dense vegetation in the arroyos provides good habitat for bears and mountain lions; you may see tracks where they crossed the trail. Also, look for Mexican jays in the pines, and hummingbirds and Scott's orioles in the agaves when in bloom. Though this loop trail may be done in either direction, following it counterclockwise is the easiest. 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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