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The South Rim Loop

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Great Trails. Spectacular Vistas.

The South Rim trails can be done as a loop from the parking area at Chisos Mountain Lodge. I say... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Andy C
Glendale, California
Great day hike , great views and great solitude

We did that as a day hike with a bunch of friends , enjoying the still comfortable temperatures at... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Reiner B
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The South Rim trails can be done as a loop from the parking area at Chisos Mountain Lodge. I say trails, because the rim has southwest/south and southeast segments, one or more of which may be closed during Peregrine Falcon nesting season but the design...More

Thank Andy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did that as a day hike with a bunch of friends , enjoying the still comfortable temperatures at Big Bend in April / May. The hike starts at the Chisos Basin Visitor Center and if you are somebody that hikes rather frequently, the length...More

Thank Reiner B
Reviewed 2 March 2017

My daughter and I did this hike as a day trip (we are ages 24 and 58) I expected it to be more strenuous than it was. We elected to go up the steep Pinnacles first and we were glad we did so - we...More

Thank LlanoJean
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Excellent trail, well maintained, easy to navigate and very scenic at the South Rim part. We started from the car park beside the visitor center (which was a painfully steep drive up) and took about 6 hours to complete the ~12 mile hike, though you...More

Thank ss-hao
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Start early & watch your step at some of the views... steep drop-offs in a couple of parts! Save your energy for a frothy beverage at the Chisos Mountain Lodge after the hike.

Thank nativetejana2017
Reviewed 17 January 2017

My favorite hike from my trip to BBNP. Allow a whole day. Leave early in the morning, before sunrise even. Pack plenty of water, food, snacks. Ascent to the South Rim of the Chisos Mountains is strenuous either way you go, but is less strenuous...More

1  Thank jeremy5763
Reviewed 25 December 2016

I hiked the South Rim Loop, starting at 6:15 a.m. on 12/19/16--very cold 25 degrees at the start and maybe 38 degrees at the windy (N winds, 20-45 mph) edge of the South Rim at 10:45 a.m. Beautiful day, though there was a lot of...More

2  Thank GidgetTexas
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I have hiked the South Rim trail multiple times, in Spring, Summer and Winter. It never ceases to impress. I love the changes of scenery, the spectacular views when you reach the South Rim, the enjoyable relatively level hike around the rim once you've gained...More

2  Thank Robert J
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This hike is well worth it! We started at the trailhead for Emory Peak and then decided to head on around the South Rim. It has been raining there, so we had to traverse a few streams, but I don't think that is the norm....More

1  Thank Whitstro
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Took this hike very recently. The views are phenomenal and rewarding. Ended up walking about 15 miles that day.

1  Thank Tim L
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Gabriela T
Planning on doing the South Rim hike in two days. Are there any campgrounds mid-way for us to overnight camp?
18 July 2015|
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