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“There are better hikes in Big Bend”
Review of The Window

The Window
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Owner description: From the road, this spot offers a spectacular view into the canyon below.
Reviewed August 3, 2013

There are better hikes in the area. This is a good hike perhaps to tack on at the end of a day, but I wouldn't center a day around it. It's downhill all the way there and uphill all the way back. I think it would be cool after a rain with water pouring out, but it was dry, except for a few small stagnant pools when I went.

Thank Mike-TTUHSC
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

I've been to Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Arches, and some other top National Parks, and I will tell you that it doesn't get much better than watching a sunset at the Window. I got to catch it on a cloudy day and it was amazing! Don't forget to look back at the Case Grande and other surrounding peaks to see the sun illuminating their walls with bright red! Also, the weather was amazing. Even in the middle of July it was as cool as can be.

Note: I watched the sunset from the viewpoint, not the trail. The viewpoint is easily accessible by a short walk on a paved pathway. There are a couple of lookout points with benches. In July, these spots were not crowded at all, but I'm sure they get packed during the peak seasons.

Finally, there is also a great viewpoint of the Window if you go about .5 miles up the Pinnacles trailhead.

Thank DanG1323
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

We had a perfect evening to watch the sunset gradually slip down The Windows. The colors were vibrant, peaceful atmosphere, cool temps and some of the deer came out to ponder the beauty too.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Why this is the least visited national park is beyond me. Yes, it's remote but thats part of the beauty. The first time driving into the park was amazing and I felt like I was in another country. The Window is a moderately easy hike and one I would recommend doing in the morning before it gets too crowded. It is also a great time to spot wildlife. The view at the Window is stunning with a 200 ft drop off and a great photo op! Note: take plenty if water and wear good shoes as you cross a stream with rock stairs. Park at the Basin Campground where you can use the restroom before and after your hike as it's between 4 and 5 miles.

1  Thank TexasKim09
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

This park definitely does not get enough credit. We decided to go camping for our Thanksgiving break. With no available reservation we took a risk in driving 8 hours hoping to get a first come first serve site. Thankfully we found one site in the Rio Grande Campground. Site #22 was a great camping site surrounded by mesquite trees seemed almost like you had partitions from all the other campsites. This helped with the strong winds that we got that night. Talking with the park ranger we found out that a tent was lost to Mexico the night before due to the strong winds. The campsite is near the restrooms, a closet like room to wash your dishes, and water fill up station for drinking water. The scary part was the odd looking spider clinging to the top of the dish washing room. We weren’t able to figure out what kind of spider it was but it didn’t seem to mind all the people coming to wash their dishes. The campsite was tucked into the back of the campground in the “no generator zone”. Near the campsite maybe less than a mile away you have the gas/grocery station, showers and wifi. The park itself is wonderful. We hiked Boquillas Canyon and you will run into the “singing Mexican”. He is set up on the Mexico side and has a jar on the U.S. side for tips. Now, if you know Texas you know that for the most part it’s usually flat, but coming to Big Bend is probably the only time you will see mountains in the Lone Star state. Driving through the park is really serene. You get to see beautiful sunsets that only Texas can offer. A park ranger suggested the best place for it is Sotol Vista Overlook. We got great shots and a of course a beautiful sunset. You don’t see much wildlife but what we did see was a lot of tarantulas. I suggest visiting the Hot Springs near the Rio Grande campground, it was once a resort. The window was nice and only a short walk that is accessible to everyone. We then went on a beautiful hike through Lost Mines. A moderate hike in which you forget you are in Texas when you get to the top. We also headed through the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to the Santa Elena Canyon. Pulled over for lunch and enjoyed the view first to see the formations from afar that divide Mexico from the U.S. If you visit Big Bend don’t miss the opportunity to visit Terlingua. A little town which many country singers sing about, its former mayor was a goat and where many chili contests have been won. Visit the Starlight Theatre for some good food, cold beer, and country music. Make sure to stop by the gift shop and get your Viva Terlingua sticker! On the way back we visited La Kiva. It’s a one of a kind bar that mimics a cave, pretty great atmosphere. Our trip to Big Bend was incredible. It was definitely worth the drive but we just hoped we had had more time to do all the hikes there. We will definitely make sure to visit again and do more of the hikes; they don’t call it Big Bend for nothing.

2  Thank Vanessa R
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