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The South Rim Loop

Big Bend National Park, TX
+1 432-477-2251
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Stunning vistas/ beautiful hike

Cresting a nondescript meadow at the south rim, your jaw drops open as you see for hundreds of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Reno, Nevada
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South Rim Loop with Northeast Rim loop add on

Great Hike - we were only planning to do the 12 miles or so of the South Rim Loop but inadvertently... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Atlanta, Georgia
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This trail gives a great hike with amazing views.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average1%
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Big Bend National Park, TX
+1 432-477-2251
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cresting a nondescript meadow at the south rim, your jaw drops open as you see for hundreds of miles in all directions. This hike is a MUST! Park volunteer recommended ascending the Pinnacles and we are so glad we did. What a beautiful climb. Kudos...More

Thank Mayandollar
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Hike - we were only planning to do the 12 miles or so of the South Rim Loop but inadvertently did the additional 3 miles of Northeast Rim Loop & glad we did - the views from both trails were incredible & diverse!!! We...More

Thank jeniusk
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Take the long drive up the road along the river that runs between the US and Mexico. Lots of great views to see

Thank Lewis B
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

I believe the first day was about 9 miles to get to our campsite. From the trailhead we took the right fork because we were told it was less strenuous but longer. We had 80lb packs so we figured it would be the way to...More

Thank Mattnohe24
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Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Our favorite place, my husband has been to the park about 20 times and this was my 8th trip. The south rim loop is a must-do! It took us a little over 7 hours today in the heat but worth every minute! We had plenty...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 8 May 2017

The South Rim trails can be done as a loop from the parking area at Chisos Mountain Lodge. I say trails, because the rim has southwest/south and southeast segments, one or more of which may be closed during Peregrine Falcon nesting season but the design...More

2  Thank Andy C
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

We did that as a day hike with a bunch of friends , enjoying the still comfortable temperatures at Big Bend in April / May. The hike starts at the Chisos Basin Visitor Center and if you are somebody that hikes rather frequently, the length...More

1  Thank Reiner B
Reviewed 1 March 2017

My daughter and I did this hike as a day trip (we are ages 24 and 58) I expected it to be more strenuous than it was. We elected to go up the steep Pinnacles first and we were glad we did so - we...More

1  Thank LlanoJean
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Excellent trail, well maintained, easy to navigate and very scenic at the South Rim part. We started from the car park beside the visitor center (which was a painfully steep drive up) and took about 6 hours to complete the ~12 mile hike, though you...More

2  Thank ss-hao
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Start early & watch your step at some of the views... steep drop-offs in a couple of parts! Save your energy for a frothy beverage at the Chisos Mountain Lodge after the hike.

3  Thank nativetejana2017
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Gabriela T
18 July 2015|
Response from Gabriela R |
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.