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6 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

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Δ Elevation (FT)


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Hot Springs Canyon Trail


  • Hot Springs Canyon in Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Activities & Features


The Hot Springs Canyon Trail is a moderate hiking trail in Big Bend National Park, Texas. This hike is kid friendly, but as always parents should use their own discretion. This hike begins at Daniel's Ranch or Hot Springs. Along the way hikers can expect incredible views of the Chisos Mountains, Sierra del Carmen, and Mariscal Mountain. The park says "this 3 mile trail (either direction) connects Daniel's Ranch and the Hot Springs. In places, it runs close to the river; in other areas along the rim of Hot Springs Canyon. This trail offers beautiful views of the Rio Grande, Chisos Mountains, and Del Carmen Mountains. No shade makes this trail a challenge in summer heat. The Rio Grande creates a distinct environment in Big Bend National Park. Countless bird species can be found in the riverbank vegetation. The river provides water for many desert animals; look along the muddy shoreline for tracks, signs, and scat. The Rio Grande below becomes an emerald ribbon snaking through endless parched desert. The moisture provided by the river nurtures a lush growth of reeds and grasses on its banks. Wildlife, from deer and white-winged doves to predators such as mountain lions, is drawn by the water, forage, and shelter of the riparian corridor." 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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