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Southeast Rim Trail

Intermediate
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Gorgeous views of a surrounding arid desertscape make this trail a real treat.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

2.0

KM

Point to Point

7,445' 2,269 m

High

7,237' 2,206 m

Low

409' 125 m

Up

238' 73 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views

This trail is closed February 1 - May 31 for peregrine falcon nesting. Contact Big Bend National Park at (432) 477-2251 with any questions regarding the closure.

Description

Enjoy fantastic views of the southern part of Big Bend National Park as you traipse along the cliff edge on the Southeast Rim Trail.

Starting at the three-way junction between the Boot Canyon Trail, Southwest Rim Trail, and this trail, head east along the South Rim, traversing rolling terrain on a smooth dirt tread. Make sure to stop at many spots along the trail and take in the fantastic scenery around and below you. Needless to say, bringing a camera for this leg of your journey is more than worth it; you'll surely be dissapointed without one!

Follow the trail to a second three-way junction, this time between the Southeast Rim Trail, the Northeast Rim Trail, and the NE-4 Backcountry Campsite Access Trail. At this point, visitors have the option of returning the way they came. However, a better option is to continue on the Northeast Rim Trail for a new round of gorgeous views - this time looking over the towering, craggy peaks of the Chisos Mountains to the north.

Be sure to bring plenty of water along your journey (at least 1 gallon per person per day), as there is no water along the route. The combination of Big Bend's arid desert climate and a lack of proper hydration can spell trouble for even the most seasoned hikers.

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Photos

South Rim overlook, Big Bend Nat'l Park
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
A hiker partner in the morning.
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Rim Trail
Nov 9, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
South Rim Trail, Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park. with permission from JustinB
Jul 26, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
South Rim Moonrise. South Rim Trail, Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park with permission from JustinB
Jul 26, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
Sitting on the edge
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX

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