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Window Trail

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend + Davis Mountains, Texas

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  • View looking over the Window in Big Bend National Park.- Window Trail
  • Views along the Window Trail in Big Bend National Park.- Window Trail
  • Many birds can be found on the trail.- Window Trail
  • View at the end of the trail looking south to Mexico.- Window Trail
  • View at the end of the trail looking south to Mexico.- Window Trail
  • Some of the flora along the Window Trail.- Window Trail
  • Views from the Window Trail.- Window Trail
  • Views from the Window Trail.- Window Trail
  • Mule deer can be spotted along the trail, and keep an eye open for black bears as well.- Window Trail
  • The Windows from the parking lot at the beginning of sunset.- Window Trail
  • More rock formations along the Windows Trail.- Window Trail
  • The Windows from the an overlook on Chisos Basin Road at the beginning of sunset.- Window Trail
  • Sunset over Big Bend National Park.- Window Trail
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Pros: 
Great views. Birdwatching. Interesting flora.
Cons: 
Bear county.
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Region:
Big Bend + Davis Mountains, TX
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
5.60 mi (9.01 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
5,300 ft (1,615 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,000 ft (305 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back/Loop
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This 5.6-mile out-and-back takes one to the heart of the Windows in Big Bend National Park. From the visitor center in Chisos Basin (or the campground there), the Windows is one of the best places to watch sunset in the park. The trail will allow hikers to get an intimate view of a window in the rim where the water runs out of the basin and over the South Rim.  

There are multiple trailheads but the most common one is at the Chisos Basin Visitor Center. From there the trail quickly descends toward the rim, and the view of the Chisos Basin is wonderful. The second trailhead is at the Chisos Basin Group Campground and will cut distance off of the total mileage.  

The trail is downhill on the way out, and there is plenty of flora and fauna to observe. It is common to see mule deer, and on occasion a black bear. The visitor center tracks bear sightings, and rumblings throughout the park will indicate where bears have been spotted.  There is also plenty of desert plant life to observe. 

Hikers can descend the last 100 feet to look out over the rim though a window in the towering rocks. Be careful in the last decent as the rock is very slippery, even when dry. But the view is amazing. The way back to the trailhead is mostly uphill. This trail is a great way to get a personal view of one of the parks most popular vistas.

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