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The South Rim Loop

Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This trail gives a great hike with amazing views.
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Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This trail gives a great hike with amazing views.
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Austin, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We hiked the South Rim trail in February, 2015. This was our first time, so had gathered lots of information from different sources before launching. My review is short: it's spectacular. You can read much more about the beauty of the trail elsewhere, I'm writing this to try to help anyone who hasn't made the hike prepare for it. Our... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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117 reviews 117 reviews
51 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The south rim loop is well documented as one of the best hikes in Texas. the total length of the loop is about 13 miles from the main Chisos Basin Lodge and back. All the hiking guides say this is a strenuous 1 day hike, better done as a 2 day with a camping stopover. We went over the new... More 

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Washington DC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Such an amazing, breath-stealing view. But so much variation in flora along this route. Don't miss it.

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Central Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We took Pinacles Trail up to Boot Canyon Trail and over the the South Rim of the Chisos. About 6.3 miles. Boot Canyon is lovely with beautiful trees and a running creek. The rim has nice views of the area on a clear day and the 2000 ft drop off the edge is amazing! Went back via the loop on... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The Falcon Guide, "Hiking Big Bend National Park", says "The South Rim is probably the classic hike of Texas. Although the trip is fairly strenuous, almost every Texas hiker worth his or her salt will someday try to hike to the South Rim". I'm not a Texan, but I certainly agree that this is one great hike. I've been to... More 

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Buhl, ID
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77 reviews 77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I decided to take the challenge and drove to the South Rim Loop. I started to climb and the higher I got the nicer the trial got. The Mexican blue jays followed me and when I got to the top of the trial (when It divides to Emory Peak and South Rim) I gave them whole grain crackers and they... More 

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Thomasville, Georgia
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435 reviews 435 reviews
197 attraction reviews
324 helpful votes 324 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Another beautiful scenic area with several great places to stop and take in the view. We were fortunate enough to be on this loop at sunset one evening and watch a spectacular colorful display just before darkness set in. Wow!

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Coppell, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

If you are in good shape, this hike is well worth it.Hiking sticks are useful.We saw deer and bluejays that were stalking us for food.

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Dallas, TX
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

If you live in Texas, you need to visit the South Rim at least once. The views are definitely worth the effort of getting there. I typically take the trail up to the Emory Peak cut-off, hike up to Emory Peak (about an extra mile each way) and climb around there for a while, then head out to the South... More 

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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

My husband and I did this hike, taking Laguna Meadows up and Boot Canyon/Pinnacles back. You can't beat the view at the South Rim! So, we took the kids with us up and back via Pinnacles/Boot Canyon on our trip this June. They did great and loved it - nine hours including lunch and breaks!

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