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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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A walking trail along the Rio Grande River.

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Great views from the Overlook

This was an easy hike and easy climb for the views. But really worth it if you are in that part of the park. I wouldn't go there just for that though. The view of the Rio Grande... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
askittl
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was an easy hike and easy climb for the views. But really worth it if you are in that part of the park. I wouldn't go there just for that though. The view of the Rio Grande from here is beautiful.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This trail starts from the Rio Grande Village Campground, site #18 (which was not easy to find). The short trail is a 0.75 mi/1.2 km loop and goes through a wetland, river, and limestone hill. We did this trail on a Tuesday afternoon in April. There were very few people on the trail - only one other group. We couldn't... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This trail (about 1 hour round trip - 45 minutes if you are in shape) offers both a river access point to Rio Grande, and a magnificent overlook on the top of a low mountain, with gorgeous views of the river valley. If you do only one hike, make it instead the Santa Elena Canyon, and if you do only... More 

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San Antonio, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Beautiful hike! Easy enough to do with kids and gorgeous views at the top. There's another little offshoot to the hike you can take to go down to the river too.

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Thank TexasGirlTravels
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We ended up on this trail by chance as we were in the area to see Boquillas Canyon - the park ranger at Panther Junction recommended we stop by and wail this trail and I'm glad we did. It's a short trail but I was surprised how quickly the terrain changed - we walked through a few boardwalks that had... More 

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Grapeview, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This is a short walk from the campground but worth it to see the sunset from the top of the overlook. Be sure to look in all directions during the sunset as the view of the glow on the Boquillas Mountains is wonderful!

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Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

My wife and I hiked this trail while camping the RV section of the park. It was a very pleasant walk that included a high loop for those wanting to walk uphill for the views of the river and Mexico. Quite a few birds were seen including rock wren, sage thrasher, and phoebes of two types. Total length less than... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

(Warning: Young adults from Central Florida visiting for the week) We purposefully entered this hike with the intention of capturing the sunset- you can see it sink all the way to the horizon. As the sun set, the view behind us of various ledges and hills were cast in an ever-changing array of shadows and dark colors- very pretty. EASY... More 

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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Ok so not completely literal, but its a great hike. Our road trip continued with a stop at big bend and a stay the Rio Grande Village. You get great views of the river and its best to go during sunset. Don't forget the bug spray.

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Thank Mcgee8275
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Short walk with easy access from RGV campground. Goes over some swampy areas next to the river than ascends a small hill with great views of the Rio Grande and Mexico. Beautiful sunset. Lots of wildlife too - we saw plenty of jackrabbits near dusk. It is also a great spot for birding.

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