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blue Boot Canyon Trail


2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 472' 144 m
Descent: -184' -56 m
High: 7,270' 2,216 m
Low: 6,801' 2,073 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)


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A fantastic trail traveling along Boot Canyon through the lushest area of the Chisos Mountains.

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Features Fall Colors · Views


Journey along the Boot Canyon Trail to experience the most drastic, yet beautiful change in scenery the Chisos Mountains have to offer. From the steep-sided, arid walls of the Chisos Basin to the lush stream bed ecosystem along Boot Canyon, this trail will certainly not disappoint.

Starting at a three-way junction with the Pinnacles Trail and the Emory Peak Trail, follow the Boot Canyon Trail south as it contours the base of Emory Peak before taking a sharp right turn onto the mountainside's southeastern aspect. Follow the trail as it descends gently from the mountain to a small ridge-top. From this point, continue to descend, passing through more densely forested yet small rolling hills until eventually reaching the bottom of Boot Canyon. Revel in the wonderful shade provided by the canyon's established oak and maple trees as you observe the stark color contrasts in the natural world around you; red rocks, tan desert sandscapes, and vibrant green woodlands make for a visual treat while you take off your pack and enjoy a few sips of water.

From its entrance into Boot Canyon, the trail follows the canyon floor, climbing gently for a few miles, past a junction with the Northeast Rim Trail, until reaching the canyon's end. At this point, climb steeper grades for roughly half a mile before reaching a three-way junction with the Southeast Rim Trail and Southwest Rim Trail at the trail's end.

Be sure to bring at least 1 gallon of water per person per day while hiking in the Chisos Mountains, as the combination of this area's arid climate and increased bodily exertion can quickly dehydrate even the most seasoned hikers.

Flora & Fauna

Mixed hardwoods and juniper dominate the local flora. Interestingly, this is the only trail known to have Arizona Cypress in all of Big Bend.


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Feb 26, 2019
Drew Domalakes
Great over ppl of the valley. Shaded most of the time.
Feb 22, 2019
Jason Draper
Nov 4, 2018
David Scott
Oct 8, 2018
Patti B
Lots of trees. Great views. Lots of shade. Saw no one on this trail
Feb 10, 2018
Garrett Chassee
Feb 3, 2018
Walter Cunningham
Feb 2, 2018
Walter Cunningham
Jan 16, 2018
Ari Hoffman

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