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The Window

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Owner description: From the road, this spot offers a spectacular view into the canyon below.
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Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Owner description: From the road, this spot offers a spectacular view into the canyon below.
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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

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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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

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
19 helpful votes 19 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
48 helpful votes 48 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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233 reviews 233 reviews
53 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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washington
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

So I used my gps on this hike and it's actually about 4.5mi round trip from the campground trailhead near site 51. It's all downhill and then on the return it's actually not too bad going up till you hit the last 1/3 back to the trailhead. Really cool rock stairs around the creek which still has water running in... More 

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Austin, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We went on this trail during the thanksgiving break in hopes of seeing the sunset views. The colors during the sunset were amazing and it was indeed beautiful but we did not see the signature sunset through the 'Window'. We were told this is because of the time of the year.. I highly recommend this trail, I only wish we... More 

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Washington DC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We rushed to get there in time for sunset, but I recommend leaving with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery along the way as well. The rocks are shiny and slick at the window. Great place to sit for an hour even.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

There is a paved short tour to an overlook that is lovely. I saw a tarantula here on the side of the sidewalk. Grab a beverage and walk to one of two spots to watch the colors of the sunset as the colors sink into the Window. A good evening.

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Houston, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

A bit more challenging than the guide book says. Bring plenty of water for hydration. Walking sticks are extremely useful

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