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0.5 miles

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Trail Difficulty

Very Easy

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Sam Nail Ranch Trail


  • Sam Nail Ranch in Big Bend National Park, Texas.

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The Sam Nail Ranch is a very easy hiking trail in Big Bend National Park, Texas. This trail is kid friendly and starts at milepost 3 along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. The park says this is "an easy, well-maintained trail leads through the old homestead of Jim and Sam Nail and Sam's wife, Nena. There are interesting historic remnants here, including part of the adobe walls of the house and two windmills, one which is still in operation. This is a beautiful desert oasis and a great spot for birding and wildlife viewing." 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.


Sam Nail was an early homesteader to the Big Bend area.

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Contact: Big Bend National Park P.O. Box 129 Big Bend National Park, TX 79834

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