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Description: From the road, this spot offers a spectacular view into the canyon below.

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Beautiful vista

The window viewed from the basin is stunning, and up close, after a walk downhill to the pour off, is even more so. The hike back up to the basin, however, was a real struggle on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The window viewed from the basin is stunning, and up close, after a walk downhill to the pour off, is even more so. The hike back up to the basin, however, was a real struggle on a very hot summers day. We stopped to cool down in the basin campground to top up water and sit a while in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I took lots of pictures of The Window from Chisos Mountains Lodge at sunset. It was the greatest view of the Big Bend!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We went late in the day and experienced some bee/wasp-like creatures that prevented you from really getting close to the window.......didn't want to get near the edge and get bitten......would hate to jump!!!! The trail was not difficult, but if you plan on watching the sun set, be sure to take your flashlight!!!!

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Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

You can see a preview of the Window from the restaurant at the Chisos camping area. But please don't think, oh well, I've seen it....the restaurant view is nothing compared to the trail view. As you walk you get a wonderful view of Casa Grande, the monolithic rock to your back (even better on the return from the Window), and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

My family and I turned on our gps because this seemed longer than 5 miles roundtrip. It was longer, but worth it. Once we made it to the bottom, we sat and enjoyed the view for awhile before hiking back. Make sure you bring plenty of water and pace yourself if you are out of shape. My husband and I... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We go to big bend a lot and every time we go, watching the sun set through the window is one of our favorite things to do. We do it right. We go early to get great spots, bring low chairs and a bottle of wine. And of course a camera! Others come in later and look at us wistfully!... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This walk might be a little much, for people with young children or in poor shape. There is definitely a vertical element to this walk. In the summer, it could be pretty brutal, so bring water. We really enjoyed the walk, but we did hear other folks who fit the above description whining profusely.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The Window Trail is a short .3 mile walk from the bottom of the parking lot pretty much of the Chisos Mountain Lodge. We went there and decided to do the next shortest hike, the Basin Loop. A lot more rocky and strenuous than we thought it would be, but the views of the window and the mountains were worth... More 

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Sanger, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We hike the Widow Trail in October 2014, nice hike easy going down not as easy coming out. Make sure you carry water because there is none on the trail. Benches with shade for resting. Great view at the Window you can see forever.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This was a tough hike in the middle of the day in high summer, but it was worth it. There was a surprising number of flora and fauna for it being such an arid climate, but the real treat was the scenery. Besides the window itself, which is true to its name, there are spectacular views all around, with rocks... More 

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