Hiking The South Rim

The 6th most popular hiking trail in Texas.

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In the Chisos Mountains of the 800,000 acre Big Bend National Park, the South Rim Trail runs above 7,000 feet and offers views that reach far into Mexico. The 13-mile loop begins in the Basin, a mountain valley walled in by reddish-brown igneous rock; you can hike in either direction, but the Laguna Meadow Trail climbs less steeply on the outbound leg. Dont pitch your tent right on the rim, especially if its windy. On the return, descend the Boot Canyon and Pinnacles Trails. Plan on at least two days, so you can hike to Emory Peak, the areas highest summit, and the North Rim, an extension of the South Rim.

To reach the trailhead from El Paso, take US 10 east 119 miles to US. 90. Go south for 104 miles to Alpine and SR 118, and then 100 miles to the Basin Visitor Center.

Overall, South Rim is the 6th most popular hiking trail of all 32 hikes in Texas. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby South Rim including Outer Mountain Loop, Laguna Meadow - Pinnacles Trails, Mesa de Anguila Trail and Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Big Bend Hiking (TX/US)

Big Bend Hiking (TX/US)

South Rim Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  BBNP (915) 477-2251; Texas Tourism (800) 888- 8TEX; Desert Sports (888) 989-6900.

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes In Texas" from Dan Klepper

Recommended Map:  "Big Bend National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Oct. - Apr.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Chisos Basin Campground

Luxury Loding:  Chisos Mountains Lodge (in park) (432) 477-2291; Gage Hotel, Marathon (800) 884-4243; Cibolo Creek Ranch, Presidio (915) 229-3737

Breakfast Restaurant:  Chisos Mountains Lodge

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/bibe/

GPS:  29.3344, -103.2568

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  7/2/2016

ID:  7007

South Rim Hiking Map


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