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greenBlue Ernst Tinaja


0.7 mile 1.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 279' 85 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 2,456' 749 m
Low: 2,177' 663 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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Trail shared by Jenifer Powers

A short trail leading to a beautiful pool and limestone rock formations.

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Family Friendly This route is a short outing that leads to a beautiful tinaja surrounded by limestone rock, which makes for the perfect hands on lesson about Big Bend's natural ecosystem.

It is a several mile drive on a primitive lane dirt road so take caution if it has recently rained. On a normal day, the drive can be made by a non 4WD vehicle.


A well-marked trailhead is located five miles down Old Ore Road from the southern end of Big Bend. From there, a short hike on a sandy wash leads to an emerald tinaja surrounded by limestone walls. The tinaja is easily accessible and holds water all year round. It is not recommended to swim here as the water is quite cold and the walls are very slippery. Be careful near the edge. Numerous animals have fallen in over the years and been unable to get back out.

It is just under a mile from the trailhead to the largest tinaja. You can continue on from there but it will require some scrambling over large boulders. There are several other smaller tinaja along the way that do not always have water.

Once over all the boulders, you emerge on the other side of the canyon on a desert plateau with incredible scenic views. The second half of the trail is probably not well-suited for young children as the bouldering is quite challenging in some areas.

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Apr 26, 2019
Jonathon Pirpich
Short hike.. 6-8 mile drive off paved road 1mi
Apr 14, 2019
Maria R
Easy trail through a gorgeous ravine; well worth the drive to this trailhead. 0.7mi — 0h 20m
Feb 23, 2019
Jason Draper
Feb 7, 2019
Dan P
Dec 18, 2018
Kevin Chidester
Nov 21, 2018
Ted Gould
Jan 26, 2018
Stephanie Godsey
Jul 16, 2017
Gustavo Garza

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