Southwest Rim Trail
ElevationAscent: 366' 112 m
Descent: -130' -40 m
High: 7,282' 2,220 m
Low: 7,032' 2,143 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“The most commonly used route to the South Rim, with no shortage of incredible views along the way.”— Hunter R
Family Friendly As one of the most iconic and accessible trails in the park, this is a great route for the whole family.
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.
Land Manager: NPS - Big Bend National Park