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677 mi 1,089 km of trail 27 Recommended Routes

Gems 12 Gems Easy Trails 63 Trails Intermediate Trails 193 Trails Hard Trails 42 Trails
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Gems in West Texas - 12

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gem Favorite Santa Elena Canyon Trail

Santa Elena Canyon Overlook

(49) Lajitas, TX
gem Favorite Bask in the views from this overlook along the Oak Springs Trail.

The Window

(33) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite Balanced Rock is one of the top sunrise hikes! With views to the east the mountains of Sierra del Carmen light up a spectacular purple. Contrasted with the light, bouldered desert landscape it is a sight to behold.

Balanced Rock

(27) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite Guadalupe Peak

Guadalupe Peak Summit (Signal Peak)

(21) Pine Sp…, TX
gem Favorite South Rim

South Rim Viewpoint

(18) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite Ernst Tinaja

Ernst Tinaja

(16) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite About halfway up to the top of the canyon - you can see the fall colors around the lower portion of the trail below.

The Notch Viewpoint

(6) Pine Sp…, TX
gem Favorite Tornillo Creek Meets the Rio Grande

Langford Hot Springs

(23) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite About as tough as it gets along a trail, the climbing segments on Ron Coleman are fairly easy by bouldering standards, maybe a v1. There are plenty of good holds and a chain to help out.

The Window

(4) El Paso, TX
gem Favorite Nearly half of the Ron Coleman Trail's distance is spent descending back into Fusselman Canyon, which it follows all the way from North Franklin Peak. From up here, the hills of the Lost Dog area (upper left) don't look so tall.

Mammoth Rock

(5) El Paso, TX
gem Favorite View looking north on Anthony Gap Trail before arriving at cave.

Anthony Gap Cave

(4) Anthony, TX
gem Favorite Guadalupe Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA

Frijole Ranch

(3) Pine Sp…, TX

Recommended Routes in West Texas - 26

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Favorite Lost Mine Trail looking south down Pine Canyon
Intermediate

Lost Mine Trail

4.6 mi 7.4 km 1,057' Up 322.3 m Up 1,057' Down 322.18 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
Favorite Overlook at "The Window" in Big Bend National Park
Intermediate

Window Trail

5.6 mi 9.1 km 914' Up 278.58 m Up 914' Down 278.67 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
Favorite South Rim overlook, Big Bend Nat'l Park
Difficult

Chisos Mountain Loop

16.6 mi 26.8 km 3,323' Up 1012.97 m Up 3,324' Down 1013.27 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
Favorite Santa Elena Canyon Trail
Intermediate

Santa Elena Canyon Trail

1.0 mi 1.5 km 167' Up 50.94 m Up 167' Down 50.96 m Down

Lajitas, TX
Favorite The pristine Boot Canyon stands with Sierra del Carmen in the background.
Difficult

Outer Mountain Loop

31.5 mi 50.7 km 6,589' Up 2008.31 m Up 6,589' Down 2008.25 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
Favorite Clouds cleared somewhat for a View of the Window.
Difficult

Emory Peak

9.3 mi 14.9 km 2,415' Up 736.17 m Up 2,416' Down 736.27 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
Favorite Balanced Rock is one of the top sunrise hikes! With views to the east the mountains of Sierra del Carmen light up a spectacular purple. Contrasted with the light, bouldered desert landscape it is a sight to behold.
Intermediate

Balanced Rock

2.0 mi 3.1 km 236' Up 71.83 m Up 235' Down 71.78 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
Favorite Boquillas Canyon
Intermediate

Boquillas Canyon Trail

1.3 mi 2.1 km 121' Up 36.97 m Up 121' Down 36.98 m Down

Big Ben…, TX

Trails in West Texas - 271

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4.2 mi 6.7 km #1Guadalupe Peak Trail
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX 80 
1.9 mi 3.1 km #2Devil's Hall Trail
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX 36 
1.4 mi 2.2 km #3Lower Straw House Trail
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
2.1 mi 3.4 km #4Southwest Rim Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Big Bend National Park, TX
2.8 mi 4.5 km #5Playa Drain Trail
Easy
Fort Bliss, TX
Easy
Fort Bliss, TX
2.1 mi 3.3 km #6Dinosour Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Grape Creek, TX
Easy/Intermediate
Grape Creek, TX
3.0 mi 4.9 km #7The Root Route Trail-South (aka Sport Course)
Intermediate
Lajitas, TX
Intermediate
Lajitas, TX
0.8 mi 1.4 km #8Santa Elena Canyon Trail
Easy
Lajitas, TX
Easy
Lajitas, TX
11.0 mi 17.7 km #9McKittrick Canyon Trail
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX 10 
3.1 mi 5.0 km #10Pinnacles Trail
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX 14 
2.5 mi 4.0 km #11Boot Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX 12 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #12Cattail Falls
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX 10 
1.9 mi 3.1 km #13Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
12.1 mi 19.5 km #14Tejas Trail
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
4.0 mi 6.4 km #15Laguna Meadow Trail
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX 12 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #16North Franklin Peak
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
0.6 mi 0.9 km #17North Franklin Ridgeline
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
11.9 mi 19.1 km #18Bush Mountain Trail
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
0.7 mi 1.1 km #19Indian Head Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Easy/Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
2.6 mi 4.2 km #20Three Hills Loop Trail
Intermediate
Canutillo, TX
Intermediate
Canutillo, TX

Photos of West Texas - 852

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South Rim overlook, Big Bend Nat'l Park
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
This gem of a rock formation lies just past the large tinaja.
Feb 17, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Ernst Tinaja
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Lost Mine Trail looking south down Pine Canyon
Nov 21, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Apr 1, 2020 near Pine Sp…, TX
Sunrise cloud inversion, Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Apr 1, 2020 near Pine Sp…, TX
The Crown Mountain Fire burns below the Northeast Rim Trail.
May 24, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Bask in the views from this overlook along the Oak Springs Trail.
Mar 7, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX