Big Bend National Park is Texas’ most popular national park. Located in West Texas, this desert and mountainous environment is home to a number of great hiking trails. No matter if you’re looking for an easy stroll or a strenuous trek, there is a hike in the park for you. Explore this beautiful place by foot on one of these 7 best hikes in Big Bend National Park.
Lost Mine Trail
If you’re looking for a nice day hike that will challenge you at some points, then the Lost Mine Trail is the hike for you. A popular hike in the park, the Lost Mine Trail is a 4.6-mile out-and-back hike up a mountain of 1,000-feet in elevation gain. This moderate hike is accessed via Basin Road. Do expect to hike uphill but you will be pleased to find, after just a mile, great views of the Chisos Mountains. Since the Lost Mine Trail can be crowded during the day, beat the heat and the crowds by hitting up this trail in the morning.
Santa Elena Canyon Trail
Get your camera ready when you hike this iconic trail in Big Bend National Park. Santa Elena Canyon, a canyon that was carved by the mighty Rio Grande, offers a hike with incredible canyon views. This short yet moderate hike is perfect for beginners and children, since its only 1.7 miles round trip.