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10.5 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~2450 (+)

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Emory Peak Trail (BBNP)


  • Amazing view from the Emory Peak Trail in Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Activities & Features


Emory Peak 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 "ascend the forested Pinnacles trail for 3.5 miles to the Emory Peak trail junction (on your right). Then take the 1-mile spur trail to the peak which has nice vistas along the way. The last quarter mile or so climbs steeply, and the last 25 feet require a scramble up an exposed rock face, but the 360° view from Emory Peak, the highest point in the park, is superb. The antenna and equipment are part of Big Bend's two-way radio system. 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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