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