Big Bend National park is a hiker's paradise containing the largest expanse of roadless public lands in Texas. More than 150 miles of trails offer opportunities for day hikes or backpacking trips.
Elevations range from 1800 feet at the eastern end of Boquillas Canyon to 7,825 feet atop Emory Peak in the Chisos Mountains. These elevation changes produce an exceptional variety of plants, animals, and scenic vistas.
Hot Springs Historic Area Trail is located at the RGV campground, across from site 18. This two mile, easy trail climbs 75 ft and loops around historic buildings and ruins. Please be aware that the trail provides no shade and as such users should dress accordingly.
Please Note: The dry desert air quickly uses up the body's water reserves. We recommend that you carry a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day in the summer, slightly less in the winter. For half-day hikes, carry at least 2 quarts per person.
Springs and tinajas (depressions in rock where water collects) are unreliable and may be unsafe to drink. Springs are rare in the desert and wildlife depend on them. Please carry enough water to supply your own needs
Due to the complex topography and vague trails, detailed 7.5 minute topographic maps and a compass are necessary for most hikes.
On a final note, the weather in Big Bend, hot or cold, injures and kills more hikers than any other factor. Come well prepared because weather changes can be dramatic and unexpected.
Directions: From Hot Springs Road, Follow the unpaved road until it ends
Elevation Gain: 75 feet
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