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The South Rim Loop

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: This trail gives a great hike with amazing views.
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Central Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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412 reviews 412 reviews
192 attraction reviews
312 helpful votes 312 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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5 reviews 5 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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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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21 helpful votes 21 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We spent an extended weekend at Big Bend N.P. We ended up driving to several camp spots througout the park to check out the hiking, mountain biking, etc... The South Loop Rim was a long hike and you should make sure to pack some food and plenty of water. It was well worth it though, we really enjoyed it and... More

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