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The Window

Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Owner description: From the road, this spot offers a spectacular view into the canyon below.
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Owner description: From the road, this spot offers a spectacular view into the canyon below.
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Flint
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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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106 reviews 106 reviews
42 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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88 reviews 88 reviews
25 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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
9 helpful votes 9 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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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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South Dakota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Take your time, walk quietly, listen, and observe. Lots of interesting plants, cactus, trees, birds, animals and insects. This is a beautiful trail that winds down from the Chisos Mt. Lodge into a wooded ravine along, sometimes a creek and other times a dry creek bed. Lots to explore, I'll say no more, or I'll spoil it. Bring water. The... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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130 reviews 130 reviews
61 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is a fairly easy to moderate hike from the Chisos Mountain Lodge and campsite to the Window. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. It gets a little challenging closer to the window as you have to maneuver over and around some rocks. But very doable. The photo opportunities are astounding along the way as well as... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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235 reviews 235 reviews
53 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Love this hike, great end point at the window. Take it from the campgrounds for a much easier hike. My wife's favorite hke.

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