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The Window

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
Description: From the road, this spot offers a spectacular view into the canyon below.
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Richardson, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

A beautiful trail that winds through the Chisos Mountains and ends at a vista called "The Window". There are several ways to access this trail. We opted for the trailhead located in the Chisos Basin Campground across from the campground bathrooms. In fact, we parked by the bathrooms. A park ranger told us how to get to the trailhead and... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Almost any hour of the day The Window gives a great view out of The Chisos Basin toward the lower plains beyond. As the light changes, so does the vista.

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This trail is really wonderful. It's nice to go through lots of vegetation when you're in a desert climate. Refreshing. I loved looking up at the cliffs and mountains that surround the trail. It feels like there may be a cougar around every turn, but you'd be lucky to catch a glimpse of one. It's not too difficult, only a... More

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Sugar Land, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

They say it is a round trip 4 hours hike, we did it in 3, we saw people do it in less. Wear sunscreen and take lots of water. There are several benches and many rocks to take a picnic on. Be careful near the edge, it is slippery. If allergic to wasps, take yoru medications with you!

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Houston, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The view of the window trail is beautiful and has many types of vegetation to see along the way. This is pretty easy hike even for younger elementary children, nothing steep.

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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I had not idea what to expect when we started on the trail. We started from the campground instead of the basin trail head. The trail was easy to take and the view at the end was magnificent!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We loved this hike -- much more than expected. This hike allows you to experience the desert meeting forest -- with its mix of cacti and trees. The hike descends into the basin and you are surrounded by the Chisos mountains. The views are spectacular all along the hike. It feels like the opposite of the Lost Mine hike --... More

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Gilbert, Arizona
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117 reviews 117 reviews
52 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The window is a nice cut out in the mountains that allows you to see out into the hills below and seeing the sun set behind it is a sight. If you are at the Chisos Mtn Lodge all that you have to do is walk outside of your room. But watching the sun fade and the color light up... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Once was not enough for us first timers. We just had to do it again to really appreciate the beauty of reaching the window and looking at the amazing and scary view over the valley. I am sure we'll be back!

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Thomasville, Georgia
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405 reviews 405 reviews
192 attraction reviews
292 helpful votes 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

The Window is the dominant vista in the Chisos Basin area and the main view from the lodge and restaurant. Although this was not my favorite hike in the park (that honor belongs to Lost Mine Trail), it's a wonderful walk with lots of birds and deer, and a great viewpoint at a highpoint. Do it!

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