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Hot Springs Canyon Trail



2.5 mile 4.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 387' 118 m
Descent: -407' -124 m
High: 2,177' 664 m
Low: 1,846' 563 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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Rolling desert terrain leads visitors to ancient pictographs and a fantastic hot spring!

Hunter R

Features Birding · Cave · Hot Spring · Views

Family Friendly Moderate grades and a manageable length make this trail a viable option for families with children. Just be sure to experience it during fall, winter, or spring, as summer makes this trail unbearable.


Journey along the Hot Springs Canyon Trail amidst a stunning desertscape juxtaposed with the meandering green waters of the majestic Rio Grande.

Starting at the Hot Springs Canyon Trail/Daniels Ranch Picnic Area Parking Area, travel west along the trail, ascending moderately to the top of the canyon's north wall before beginning a rolling descent on a mixed tread to the trail's end. Along the route, keep your eyes peeled for ocotillo, cactus, and numerous other types of desert florae.

On the route, be sure to turn off on the Hot Springs Historic Walk to view the hot springs, historic resort buildings, and ancient pictographs left sometime during the last 8,000 years of Big Bend's occupation by various Native American peoples. While there are over 26,000 recognized archaeological sites in Big Bend National Park, many of these sites have not been studied, and an unfortunate result is that relatively little is known about the prehistory of the area.

The Hot Springs Canyon Trail is most pleasingly traveled during the spring, fall or winter, as the combination of West Texas' summer heat and a lack of shade along the route can make even the most gorgeous trail miserable. If taken during the summer months, visitors should be sure to bring at least one gallon of water per person in order to properly protect against the threat of dehydration. In a similar vein, wearing either sun-protective clothing or high-SPF sunscreen is a must.

Flora & Fauna

Ocotillo, cactus, and other scrubby desert plants abound along this section of the Rio Grande.

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Mar 14, 2019
Rocio Salgad
13h 17m
Feb 23, 2019
Jason Draper
Feb 18, 2019
Sarah Hearn
Dec 27, 2018
Elizabeth Turner
Nov 18, 2018
Austin Brodin
Sep 17, 2018
Sonia P
Apr 15, 2018
Cortney Pace
Can get pretty hot if hiking near midday. Would advise heading out early morning or late afternoon - careful to watch timing to make sure back before 6mi — 2h 00m
Feb 3, 2018
Lee H

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Rio Grande River
Mar 9, 2018 near Big Ben…, TX
Big Bend Hot Springs
Jan 11, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
At overlook slightly off start of trailhead from the Rio Grande village side.
Dec 1, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
Hot Springs Canyon
Jul 14, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
Fading light along the Hot Springs Canyon Trail.
Jul 26, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
Overlook of Hot Springs Canyon looking back to the east toward Boquillas.
Dec 1, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX

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