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Southwest Rim Trail

 4.6 (7)

Length


2.1 Miles 3.4 Kilometers


366' 112 m

Ascent

-130' -40 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

7,282' 2,220 m

High

7,032' 2,143 m

Low

Shared By Hunter R

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Unknown

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The most commonly used route to the South Rim, with no shortage of incredible views along the way.

Hunter R

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views

Family Friendly As one of the most iconic and accessible trails in the park, this is a great route for the whole family.

Description

The Southwest Rim Trail is by far and away the most accommodating, and well-traveled route to the pièce de résistance of the Chisos Mountains: the South Rim.

Starting at the junction with the Laguna Meadow Trail and the Colima Trail, travel south along the smooth-treaded trail through rolling terrain. Along the way, enjoy mixed scenery, journeying through commingling areas of dense hardwood forests and more sparsely vegetated arid terrain.

In one such area near the midpoint of the route, you'll know you have reached the sheer cliffs of the South Rim when the trail passes through a forested area and begins to climb. Ascend the forested trail, cresting the hill at a point where the ecosystem changes to a more arid landscape, and behold the beauty of the South Rim unfolding before you. Take your time at this spot, as you peer over the cliff edge and take into perspective your surroundings.

After absorbing the scenery as best you can, while perhaps taking a few pictures, continue east on the trail, following the canyon rim to the trail's end at a junction with the Boot Canyon Trail and the Southeast Rim Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Mixed hardwoods and scrubby desert juniper are abundant along the trail.

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Check-Ins

Feb 17, 2018
Samantha House
Feb 10, 2018
Garrett Chassee
Jan 16, 2018
Ari Hoffman
Dec 29, 2017
Cortney Pace
This trail is part of many that get you to the southrim. It is beautiful and challenging, but well worth it. 16mi — 8h 00m
Apr 29, 2017
David Scott
Jan 14, 2017
Mario De Hoyos
Jan 3, 2017
Kristina Coleman
Mar 24, 2016
Matt Brazier

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 7 votes

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  4.6 from 7 votes
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