Devil’s Den Trail (BBNP)

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Dogs No

5.6 (miles)


Out & Back

~425 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)


The Devil's Den Trail is a moderate hiking trail in Big Bend National Park, Texas. This trail is kid friendly, but as always parents should use their own discretion. Make sure to carry a good topo map on this hike! The route can be primitive at best sometimes. This hike starts a pull out about three and a half miles south of the Persimmon Gap Visitor Center. The park says "Devil's Den is a dramatic limestone slot canyon in the park's northern backcountry. Follow the trail towards Dog Canyon. After 1.5 miles take a side trail off to the right into a wash. In another 0.5 mile, take the large wash that intersects from the left which leads directly into Devil's Den. You may hike into the den, or hike up along the southern edge of the deep crevice for great views into the canyon. You can then enter the den and hike back through it. Small tinajas hold water during the rainy season." 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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