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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
Description: From the road, this spot offers a spectacular view into the canyon below.

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Well worth the hike

This was a fun hike. We cut about a mile, and a bunch of switchbacks, off of the hike by starting at the campground rather than the hotel. The route takes you through the canyon... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This was a fun hike. We cut about a mile, and a bunch of switchbacks, off of the hike by starting at the campground rather than the hotel. The route takes you through the canyon floor and to a beautiful view at the end.

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College Station, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you are not satisfied with the Window view that you get from the pull outs on the road or while sitting on the patio of the Chisos Basin Restaurant, then just be assured that is how you are supposed to feel. Just try this moderately easy hike that starts from the Chisos Basin campground and takes about 2 -... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We did this trail from the oak springs trail which starts from a parking area at the end of an unmarked dirt road near mile post 3 on the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive. The unmarked dirt road is on your left coming from the main road and across across the drive for the Sam Nail Ranch. There is a small... More 

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Flint
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21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Any time of day The Window is spectacular. It's a long walk down and back if you want to get up close. This is the number one location in Big Bend when the sun sets. Drive up to the lodge in the morning. Hike to the window during the day. Have dinner at the lodge restaurant and stay at the... More 

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Evanston
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44 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This hike is best early in the morning or later in the afternoon. It is a 5 mile hike with half downhill and the return uphill. The path is well laid out and benign for the most part. Bring water and enjoy the view.

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London, United Kingdom
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25 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is a moderately difficult trail, but the view is worth it. We met a deer along the way. Just breathe - and enjoy it!

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The end of the trail is very slick!! Do NOT wander too close to the edge or you WILL slip and fall! The window trail is an easy hike down towards the fantastic end and a sad hike uphill back to camp. Definitely would hike again.

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Troy, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The valley beyond the Window was covered by clouds most of the time we were there. We did not walk down to the best viewing spot below the campground. I did walk out on the promontory one evening toward sunset but I did not wait for the full sunset as it began to shower. The last day we as we... More 

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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We reached the window at sunset, which is an awesome and less crowded way to do this hike. Of course, you will need headlamps for the way back. A great hike for fit kids to join you.

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Austin, Texas
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38 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Really wanted to spot a bear while on this trip, but apparently we just missed it - a hiker showed the ranger a pic about 20 minutes ahead of us... This is the best location for the POSSIBILITY of seeing one... in the meantime, it is a really pretty trail with spectacular views. There are two access points - one... More 

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