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The South Rim Loop

Big Bend National Park, TX
+1 432-477-2251
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Stunning hike in April

We’d come to Big Bend as part of a Texas holiday and Big Bend itself surpassed our expectations... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
Jaylist
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London, United Kingdom
Nice Day in Big Bend

My friend and I combined the South Rim Loop with Emory to make for a nice 9a-5p full day in the... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2018
Chris N
,
New Orleans, Louisiana
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This trail gives a great hike with amazing views.
  • Excellent83%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“day hike” (9 reviews)
“emory peak” (12 reviews)
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Big Bend National Park, TX
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"big bend"
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"weather was perfect"
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"chisos basin"
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"nesting season"
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Reviewed 9 April 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

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Reviewed 28 March 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

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Reviewed 17 March 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

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Reviewed 16 March 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 15 March 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 14 March 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 27 February 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 26 February 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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Reviewed 11 February 2018

The South Rim Loop in Big Bend National Park, TX was a fantastic 14+ mi hike the way we did it. We went up Pinnacle Tr. to Boot Canyon Tr to S Rim Tr and down Laguna Meadow Tr. Wonderful views, woods, creeks etc.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

We knew we wanted to "hike the South Rim" -- lucky for me, I really had no idea what to expect other than it was a full day hike. If I had known more in advance, I may have not attempted this Bucket List type...More

1  Thank DallasMomDadKids
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Trish E
14 February 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
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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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