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The South Rim Loop

Big Bend National Park, TX
+1 432-477-2251
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Incredible Views!

Take lots of water, start early, and be prepared to have your breath taken away as you look out... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ben P
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Curtice, Ohio
Outstanding Hike

Can't go wrong on this hike. Fall temps are perfect and the orange and red day-glo leaves in Boot... read more

Reviewed June 21, 2018
Shana R
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This trail gives a great hike with amazing views.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good15%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“day hike” (8 reviews)
“emory peak” (13 reviews)
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Big Bend National Park, TX
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"day hike"
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"emory peak"
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"peregrine falcon"
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"great hike"
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"tired legs"
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"bring plenty of water"
in 5 reviews
"big bend"
in 19 reviews
"chisos basin"
in 6 reviews
"nesting season"
in 2 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 4 reviews
"saw deer"
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"bear boxes"
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"weather was perfect"
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"spectacular views"
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"take your time"
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"moderate hike"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take lots of water, start early, and be prepared to have your breath taken away as you look out over the South Rim. Add the Emory Peak spur trail to really make a challenging and rewarding day of it. The trail and spur took myself...More

1  Thank Ben P
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Reviewed June 21, 2018

Can't go wrong on this hike. Fall temps are perfect and the orange and red day-glo leaves in Boot Canyon carpet the path making this part of the trek absolutely stunning. The easier route is up Laguna Meadows and down the Pinnacles. Or if you...More

Thank Shana R
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

We’d come to Big Bend as part of a Texas holiday and Big Bend itself surpassed our expectations . But the jewel in the crown was the South Rim hike. I’d taken my 14yo Daughter (my other 2 kids wouldn’t have made it) so it...More

1  Thank Jaylist
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Reviewed March 27, 2018

My friend and I combined the South Rim Loop with Emory to make for a nice 9a-5p full day in the park. We started the loop on the side with Emory in the morning. This was probably a good decision because I couldn't imagine finishing...More

Thank Chris N
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Reviewed March 16, 2018

I have hiked the South Rim many times, but wanted to backpack in for an overnight and January presented an opportunity. The logistics is key for a predictable success and this is how we did it. We had a reservation at the Chisos Mountains Lodge...More

2  Thank William R
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Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

Extremely challenging but worth it. My ten year old made it all the way but his legs were very tired towards the end. The view at the top was very beautiful. The weather was perfect when we went in March. Pack lots of water. Encountered...More

1  Thank Karen O
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

This is long but moderate if you do just South Rim. We did both Emory Peak and South Rim. We are active and in our early 30s. We started at 9:30, got to Emory at 12, South Rim at 2:15, and back at 5. We...More

1  Thank Trish E
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

I recently made this hike with a group of Boy Scouts. We backpacked to the South Rim as a practice run for Philmont. There is nothing better than being in the back of the group and hearing the "wows" as the boys ahead approached the...More

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Reviewed February 26, 2018

I've done the hike three times twice as a day hike and once for overnight camping. Four recommendations. First if possible take a day to do the Maxwell scenic drive and study the scenery from ground level that you'll be taking in the next day...More

5  Thank mwhogue
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Reviewed February 25, 2018

My wife and I were spending two days in the park, and this is the hike we selected to be the primary one during our visit based on the many positive reviews. And WOW...it did not disappoint. We're in our 50's, and average shape...by no...More

2  Thank Brett T
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Trish E
February 13, 2018|
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Response from Trish E | Reviewed this property |
So we ended up doing both and found it quite managable. For us the Emory Peak hike was a lot of fun but many people didn't make the final climb to the top due to the rock climbing involved. I would not say it was difficult... More
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Gabriela T
July 17, 2015|
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You may have already found out by now but yes. You do have to get a permit from the office and they are primitive. So no running water or toilets.
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