Big Bend National Park opens new 3-mile hiking trail


Nature lovers, Big Bend National Park has opened a brand new 3-mile hiking trail that is moderately challenging. It’s just north of the park’s headquarters at Panther Junction, according to a park press release on Friday, August 5.

Visitors can now access the new path called Lone Mountain Trail one mile north of Panther Junction. The trail is clearly marked with good signage, Big Bend said in the release. A half mile gravel access road will take you to a small parking area and the trailhead.

Highlights of the route include spectacular views of the Chisos, Rosillos and Dead Horse mountains, a wide variety of desert plants and animals, and the interesting volcanic features of Lone Mountain itself, Big Bend said in the press release. As a loop trail with only 200 feet of elevation gain, it’s especially a great trail for families with kids and a great place for visitors to stretch their legs after a long drive up Big Bend.

The trail was planned and built by the Big Bend National Park Trail Team with assistance from the Texas Conservation Corps. Park staff considered trail sustainability, protection of natural and cultural resources, and visitor safety when determining the final route. In keeping with the wilderness ethic, only hand tools were used in the construction of the trail, including moving and repurposing several tons of rock and stony material. Native plants were also retained for revegetation, Big Bend said in the release.

“With over 200 miles of trails, Big Bend is a world-class hiking spot,” said Big Bend National Park Superintendent Bob Krumenaker. “We are proud to add this new hiking opportunity so close to Panther Junction, the first stop for so many park visitors.”

Big Bend National Park is in southwest Texas and includes the entire Chisos Mountain Range and a large swath of the Chihuahuan Desert. The national park covers 801,100 acres in West Texas near Alpine.

Big Bend is a hiker’s paradise with over 150 miles of desert and mountain trails to explore. It is the largest national park in Texas.


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