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Ernst Tinaja

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Length


0.7 Miles 1.1 Kilometers


279' 85 m

Ascent

0' 0 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

2,456' 749 m

High

2,177' 663 m

Low

Shared By Jenifer Powers

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

Jenifer Powers

Dogs No Dogs

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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.

Description

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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Jan 26, 2018
Stephanie Godsey
Jul 16, 2017
Gustavo Garza
Jan 4, 2017
Carley Brabant
Super simple. Drive out is rough without 4-wheel drive. Driving is what takes the most time.
Dec 30, 2016
Bobby Schoen
Dec 30, 2016
Live the Odyssey
1.2mi
Dec 9, 2016
Nichole K.
The canyon is well worth the walk.
Oct 14, 2016
Monica Mathis
Feb 14, 2016
Jason Cobb
1.3mi — 0h 46m

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  4.4 from 5 votes

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