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Dog Canyon Trail

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 3.7 (3)

An easy trail to a canyon with unique rock fin formations.


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

Point to Point

2,578' 786 m

High

2,512' 766 m

Low

32' 10 m

Up

98' 30 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Cave · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly An easy trail with scenic rock formations.

Description

As you drive into the park, but before reaching the Chisos Basin, there is a small, easy trail leading to a small gully and canyon. You can park on the side of the road in the designated area.

The beginning of the trail is across scrubland and sand, so it is marked by cairns as opposed to a typically beaten path. The vegetation includes cactus and shrubs, but no major trees, so there is not much shade; therefore, bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat.

There is no significant elevation gain or loss along the entire trail. Midway through, the trail intersects a natural gully that continues into the canyon, so avoid hiking this trail during inclement weather or if there are flash flood warnings in the area. Inside the actual canyon, you'll notice vertical cliff faces as well as slightly overturned rock rib formations that are not found elsewhere in the park. These formations can stand as tall as forty feet.

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Shared By:

Jorden Stanley with improvements by Jeremy H and 1 other

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Overturned Syncline at Dog Canyon.
Nov 9, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Dog Canyon Trail
Aug 11, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
West side of mouth of Dog Canyon.
Nov 22, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
View from Dog Canyon parking lot.
Nov 9, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Rock Ribs
Nov 9, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Looking up into Dog Canyon. with permission from eliot_garvin
Jul 26, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX

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Dec 4, 2018
Tim Gleason
5.1mi — 1h 33m
Mar 8, 2018
Drew Domalakes
Nice look through the canyon. Very flat, would do the devils den loop next time too.
Jan 17, 2017
Sal Gonzalez
Jan 13, 2017
Mario De Hoyos
Oct 28, 2016
Brian Matteson
We didn't get all the way the path got muddy 2mi
Aug 3, 2016
Brian Vajdos
Feb 12, 2016
Karl W