Better Than Expected

These gashes in the rock indicate it was likely used as a place to cut meat.
User: Lone_Star - 11/15/2013

Location: Big Bend - Chimneys Trail

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 15.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: 5 hours, 53 minutes

Comments: I hiked the Chimneys Trail from Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to the end of the trail near Old Maverick Road. The trail is flat and easy to follow. Trail signs are placed at both ends and rock cairns mark the path along the way.

The Chimneys is a group of rock formations that are approximately 2.5 miles in from Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. It seems this is a destination for most hikers, but you can continue hiking on (as I did). I expected the Chimneys to be nothing more than rock formations, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that one rock formation was an ancient settlement site complete with pictographs and evidence of historical habitation. It really gave me a glimpse into what life and survival must have been like in ancient times.

Log Photos
Cutting Board
The Other Trailhead
Recommended Item
Recommended Item Hiking Big Bend National Park (Regional Hiking Series)
Laurence Parent
List Price: $12.95 Our price: $20.00 Buy Now
The scenic wonders of the undeveloped Chihuahuan Desert beckon hikers with seemingly endless miles of trails in Big Bend National Park. The park is the largest tract of public land in Texas, with more than 1,200 square miles sprawled across West Texas along the Rio Grande. Hiking trails wander through deep canyons to spring-fed oases and to the tops of the forested Chisos Mountains. Written with assistance from Big Bend National Park staff, Hiking Big Bend National Park is the only comprehensive hiking guide to the many trials in this unique national park and will guide you to little-known places as well as the popular areas. Three trails in nearby Big Bend Ranch State Park also are featured. This guide includes safety descriptions, elevation charts, black-and-white photos, and up-to-date maps and reference information. Hiking Big Bend National Park is an invaluable resource for planning your next hiking trip in Texas's Big Bend Country.