Big Bend Ranch SP - Closed Canyon Trail

1.40 Miles
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You can see the canyon opening in the distance. Trail is not well marked. (Photo by jmitchell)
I did not have much light so not many good photos. (Photo by jmitchell)
This is where the trail starts/ends. (Photo by Lone_Star)
The trail takes you through the narrow, scenic canyon. (Photo by Lone_Star)
There are sections of the trail where you can climb up/down to go further into the canyon. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Some parts of the trail require some climbing. The rock can be slippery, especially if wet, so watch your footing. (Photo by Lone_Star)
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No water
By texaskdog on 9/10/2013
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.70 Miles Duration: N/A

No water when we visited.  Be careful as there are many places you have to jump down the rocks and not quite so easy getting back up.  We didn't make it to the end.  Saw 2 pairs of hikers as we got out.  remember you have to pay $3/person to hike this (daily state park pass)

By soltex41 on 12/3/2009
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

It was a cold overcast windy day with a snow on the way.  It was getting late and the the forecast was for snow late that afternoon.  The Canyon opening is a short walk from the parking lot.  The Canyon has a few  twists and turns, high walls and narrow base.  There has been a storm witih high winds the nigh before. The floor was littered with fallen vegetation and what appeared newlly fallen large rocks -glad that I was not there durring the storm. 

Saw no one while there.  Got a little creepy - chould hear the wind blowing as well as a group of blackbirds calling from high up at the canyon's opening that I could hear echoing throughout the canyon.  It has a very surreal feeling.  Thinking back on it - wow what a trip!

Wonderful short slot canyon!
By jmitchell on 12/15/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: 45 minutes

Went at daybreak, saw no one. Make sure you have gas before leaving terlingua, there is no gas in this direction.

A Really Neat, Narrow Canyon For Adults And Kids
By Lone_Star on 3/9/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.40 Miles Duration: 1 hour

I consider this the best day hike attraction in Big Bend Ranch State Park.  It is short, but very scenic.  The trail takes you into the mouth of the canyon as it winds it way back and forth deeper into the canyon.

There are some points where you have to climb down past some boulders or drop-offs to continue.  The rock floor is slippery, especially since it is covered with loose dirt, so be sure to watch your footing.

Near the end of the trail, there is a fairly high drop-off (maybe 12 feet).  Jumping down to continu will be a lot easier than climbing back up and out, so use your judgment so you don't get yourself stranded.  If you have some rope and climbing shoes, it would be very helpful.  Some climber has driven in a metal stake to tie off a rope to and there are some foot holds and places to grab/stand.

I highly recommend this hike!

Watch out for falling rocks!
By a0628h0427 on 2/24/2005
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 1 minute

This hike is very different for Texas, one of the few slot canyons that I'm aware of, other than the Narrows in Tule Canyon in the Panhandle.

There are few boulders to climb over, so it is relatively easy. The canyon narrows to about 5 feet wide at a couple of points. During my hike, at least 2-3 rocks of the size of a fist or larger came tumbling down from above with little warning, so it really pays to stay alert.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable and beautiful hike.

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