Chisos Mountains

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Grover R
Pensacola, FL16,275 contributions
You don't truly experience Big Bend unless you experience the Rio Grande River, the Chihuahuan Desert and the Chisos Mountains. The only mountain range contained in one National Park. It is so unique and so cool both actually and figuratively. The mountains are 10-20 degrees cooler than the rest of the park and the day we visited it was in the 40s despite being nearly 100 at Boquillas Canyon the day before. I will also say the mountains are the most crowded part of the park. During our Spring Break visit, we could not get in on a Saturday and had to arrive before an 8:00 sunrise on Sunday to secure a parking spot. However, even if you are not in the mountains, they have an impact. My 2 favorite pictures from the trip are a sunset and sunrise over the mountains from the desert floor.

As we only got to spend one day in the Chisos, we tried to see it all with the South Rim loop via Laguna Meadows, Boot Canyon and Pinnacles. If you do these, you really do see the Chisos as you hike 15 miles around Emory peak but you get 2,000 vertical feet of climb for great views from the South Rim as well as the Mountain Lodge Valley and its features like Casa Grande and Window View. However, you also get to walk in an Oak forest and along a creek floor with water in tanks, stone collection pools, (things you would not expect to experience in Big Bend) in Boot Canyon. Also really cool to the see the boot as you near the Pinnacles Pass. I would do the order we did as The climb while long is more gradual on Laguna Meadows and the steeper Pinnacles. Additionally the view over the Chihuahuan Plain from LM is great too. You can do another 3 miles there and back to Emory Peak, but the South Rim had taken everything out of us by the return. Still this is an amazing part of the park that you have to experience. Also we did see deer and lots of birds.
Written April 13, 2021
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Rob I
Essex, NY44 contributions
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The Chisos Mountains are the best part of this huge park. They are dramatic and close at hand from the Chisos Basin, full of rugged climbing trails as well as wheel chair accessible paved walkways. The night skies are spectacular. The Rio Grande River was not much more than a creek and underwhelming. Avoid the Rio Grande village area unless you want to see birds. Mexicans cross the river to brazenly and aggressively sell food and trinkets- an unpleasant experience, and the scenery there isn’t all that great. We took a ranger guided desert plant walking tour that was really informative. I recommend stopping to read the roadside plaques too- they help you understand the incredible geology of the area. Although the park is remote the experience of being in such an unusual and beautiful place makes the effort of getting there deeply worthwhile.
Written October 31, 2021
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR1,664 contributions
We enjoyed visiting the Chisos Mountains as part of our time in Big Bend. The mountains are a lot cooler than the rest of the park, which was much appreciated. When we visited in October 2020, the campground was open and some of the stores, but services were limited.

There are a number of hikes in this area; we recommend the Lost Mine one for great views, and the Window View trail is short and paved. There are also more strenuous hikes throughout the mountains that we didn't have time for on this trip.
Written November 27, 2020
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Darren D
Texas696 contributions
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As a resident of North Texas for over 15 years, we had often been told about the beauty of Big Bend and its mountains. We finally made the 8+ hours to drive there and go backpacking. What a beautiful place/range. What took us so long to go there?!?! Beautiful backpacking and day trail options!
Written December 31, 2020
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KathD26
Dallas, TX325 contributions
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The views here are amazing! I loved the scenic drive and while we were hiking near the Window Trail, there was a lot of wildlife! We saw deer, a mountain lion or big cat, black pigs, all kinds of birds, coyotes and from afar a baby bear! I went with my hubby, 2 teenagers and 2 small kids and the Window Trail was approximately 5 miles round trip, I think? It goes down at first and on the way back you are climbing up. It is a little difficult but we were able to do it. Just make sure to bring water and snacks and take rest breaks if you have never hiked before. Be careful while driving up and down the mountains. At one point, a black pig just ran out into the road in front of me. Luckily I was driving slow and was able to break and let it go across.
Written October 15, 2020
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queenmeranda
Atlanta, GA398 contributions
Riding across the desert in the jeep tour is amazing! The tour guide from Far Flung is the most knowledgeable tour guide I've ever had. He could see a tiny cactus from the road stop and give us a whole story about it, it was great. The whole landscape was amazing and thought provoking. Never noticed the beauty in the desert the way I did on this trip.
Written February 18, 2020
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Bronna L
New York City, NY28 contributions
We stayed in Chisos Lodge so we were in the heart of this beautiful area. Waking up and being in the ring of mountains as the sun rises and later in the day when it sets is a highlight. Plus viewing the night sky is incredible.

All the trails are a stones throw away so we were able to easily get early parking for Lost Mine Trail. For the 12.5 mile South Rim Trail, all we had to do was walk across the parking lot to the trail head. This enabled us to get an early start.

Even if you just come for the .3 Window Views Trail, it is an exquisite area to visit. Don't miss these desert mountains. They offer a completely different perspective than Rio Grande Village and Santa Elena areas of the park.
Written March 15, 2022
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Gafilpoo
Bluffton, OH438 contributions
You can spend several days driving around the Chisos Mountain area and hiking many of the trails. Every view up and down the mountains is wonderful. Each time of day also offers changing views.
Written February 11, 2022
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joedigrazia
Brownsville, TX106 contributions
This place is not as far away and lonely, (or hot), as Santa Elena. It was only a little over 30 minutes to get here from Panther Junction. The only thing that struck us was the altitude which is about 5,400 feet. The roads increase in elevation and wind around and around until you get to the visitor's center which has restrooms, a store, and some trails. The two main attractions are the butte and an overlook called the Window. The is a heavy traffic area as well, since there is a lodge here. The trail that goes down to the Window is steep and the elevation will make you feel dizzy, so make frequent stops and drink plenty of water. There are many pine trees and cactus plants that make great photos. You can even see the hazy azure outline of Mount Emory, the park's highest mountain from the overlook above the trail. It's worth the visit and an easy hike for those who don't have the time or the stamina for more difficult hiking and climbs
Written May 21, 2022
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Anne O
Argyle, TX3,775 contributions
The Chisos are beautiful both up close and from a distance. We spent part of the day there and just did a few short trails near the campground. The Window View Trail is a must and it's also paved and easy to navigate. The view out toward the Santa Elena Canyon is amazing. We didn't see any wildlife, just signs of their presence.
Written August 22, 2021
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