Big Bend National Park: South Rim Loop

Explore one of the Lower 48's last remaining wild corners on this 11.6-mile loop from the High Chisos Mountains to the South Rim escarpment.
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Explore one of the Lower 48's last remaining wild corners on this 11.6-mile loop from the High Chisos Mountains to the South Rim escarpment.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 18.9

Waypoints

SRL001

Location: 29.269196, -103.303581

Hike S behind Chisos Mtn. Lodge, then bear L onto Pinnacles Trail

SRL002

Location: 29.265629, -103.299767

Go uphill; Mexican jays jump branch to branch under dappled shade

SRL003

Location: 29.260004, -103.295921

Spur trail descends to Boulder Meadow, a primitive campsite

SRL004

Location: 29.253212, -103.302757

Trail doubles back; serious switchbacks ahead

SRL005

Location: 29.251911, -103.297333

Sidetrip: Put gear in bear box; climb .8 mi. SW up 7,825-ft. Emory Peak

SRL006

Location: 29.249269, -103.293869

Great views down Boot Canyon; trail runs level, then descends

SRL007

Location: 29.243147, -103.297119

Turn R onto Colima Trail; L @ fork for Boot Spring and water

SRL008

Location: 29.241905, -103.304863

Descend tight switchbacks, then turn L

SRL009

Location: 29.238369, -103.30526

Views down Blue Creek Canyon

SRL010

Location: 29.234739, -103.303108

Spur trail leads to primitive campsite on SW rim

SRL011

Location: 29.225796, -103.303009

Sweeping views of Chihuahuan Desert and Mexico from S. Rim; return to WPT 8, turn L @ Laguna Meadows Trail

SRL012

Location: 29.241234, -103.309914

Hike through old forest of juniper, madrone, and Arizona cypress; R @ Y with Blue Creek Canyon Trail

SRL013

Location: 29.244642, -103.31279

Laguna Meadows. Primitive campsites to W; permit required

SRL014

Location: 29.266771, -103.304626

L @ T; return to parking lot