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Five-miles round-trip, this trail is fairly easy compared with many other hikes in the park.
Big Bend National Park, TX
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lost Mine Trail offers impossibly beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, interesting vegetation year-round, friendly people, fresh air, and total serenity. In short, this was possibly the best hike we've ever taken. Our teens loved it almost as much as we did. As others mentioned, there...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank corykleinschmidt
Reviewed 1 week ago

This might really be one of the best hikes in the Park, and if your time is limited put this on the must-do list. It isn't too long in miles (around 5 mi roundtrip), but you are going uphill and gain over 1000 ft in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank seekingrainydays
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a popular trail, crowded at times. Parking was a problem. We had to park quite a way down the road and hike back up to the trailhead. Great views from along the trail and at the end. Very good hike with a family....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank teresam844
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great hike. It's not a technical hike but there is altitude and distance (4.8 miles round trip). You need layers and to be prepared for rain. As we hiked higher, it started to rain and became cold so we went from a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank terrigriffin
Reviewed December 11, 2018

This was by far the best hike in Big Bend . If you can't make the total trip there is a good halfway point with outstanding views . Parking can be a problem as it is a very popular hike . Located very close to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank swampdonkey81
Reviewed November 21, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed this trail. It took us about 4 hours round trip with plenty of photo opportunities along the way and resting and just taking it all in at the very top. We almost ran right in to a bear on the first 20...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018 via mobile

Kids ages 7, 12, and 14. We are fast hikers and completed it in 2.5 hours with 25 minutes at the top to rest and enjoy the view. Parking lot is tiny; maybe a dozen spots. We showed up at 9:30 and snagged the last...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank traveling_mandy
Reviewed November 3, 2018

GREAT hike, but not for those who are not sure footed. Difficult, but so worth the effort. Keep going until you can't go any farther. Spectacular views.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 655billf
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Great hike. Go early if it is not closed because of bears. Great views. It’s an easy 4 hour hike round trip. Only hard part is the last 3/4 mile switchbacks before you reach the summit.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank chadz52
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

This is a great hike. It gets steeper the higher you go, but the view at the top is worth it! Gorgeous view of the surrounding valley and mountains. Make sure you take plenty of water with you and take your hat off at the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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September 6, 2018|
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Response from christylou60 | Reviewed this property |
We hike about 2 miles an hour but we are acclimated to the elevation. We had lunch at the top and went to the lodge for dessert.
March 12, 2018|
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Response from 243sandran | Reviewed this property |
I was surprised at how ample this trail is. There are parts that have had finishing work done on them, which make it seem somewhat like a stroll through a city park, instead of up the side of a mountain. I’d describe this as... More
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Austin, Texas, United States
Camping trip mid-May? (1 Replies)
Hi. My wife and I were wanting to go camping mid-May in Big Bend and were wondering if this is unwise given that it's one of the hot months of the year. We primarily wanted to see the South Rim, Emory and Lost Mine Trail. Any precautions we should take?
April 26, 2015|
Response fromPALsIMHO|
I was there week before last. It was already in the 80's during the day. I did a desert hike on a completely cloudy day and it was ok, but i think i hit the tail end of the "good" weather. You can expect it to be even warmer for you. If you do the lost mine trail in the morning you will be OK, there is SOME shade and there are places to rest along the trail JUST BRING WATER!. The south rim is a LONG hike, you may want to talk to the Rangers about doing that hike in May. I have no info on...More
David W
Fort Worth, Texas
First time to Big Bend-coming from DFW, 5 day tent camping! (3 Replies)
Hey everyone! I will be bringing a group of roughly 4-6 people to Big Bend from the Dallas/Fort Worth area on March 11-16th and will be arriving around 8pm on a Friday night....I have no idea where to start except I know a lot of the places we want to go! Our budget is roughly $150-200/per person maybe more depending on needs and we would like to know the most scenic routes to take and the order in which would be best to follow! We want to kayak the rio grande in Santa Elena Canyon, camp in...More
February 25, 2016|
Response frompepper|
You've got some good places to see on your list. My concern would be if you have a reservation. Do you?