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The South Rim Loop

Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This trail gives a great hike with amazing views.
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Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This trail gives a great hike with amazing views.
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Washington DC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
47 helpful votes 47 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
23 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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192 attraction reviews
319 helpful votes 319 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

This is at least a 10 mile round trip depending on much of the rim you hike with over 2000 feet of elevation gain. You don't have to be a hero to do it but if you don't like the idea of 2-3 hours hiking up the trail you may not enjoy it. The payoff though is the best view... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Very nice ride. DO it in the spring or fall as it gets hot. The scenery is great and there are many places with great overlooks. Lots of history.

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