West Texas Trail Walkers
HIKE WITH AN ALTITUDE
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK
BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK
October 5-10, 2021
Monday, Oct 4
Meet & Greet
5:00-6:30 pm Badge pick-up, trail information and walk up registration at Big Bend Resort Conference Room, two buildings down from the lobby. Meet up and make your plans for the hiking weekend. Maps and directions will be available.
The Window Trail BBNP
Trail Start: Chisos Basin parking lot
Walk Director: Susan Medlin
Rated: 2B for 5/10k, 3C for additional 1k
Highlights: Lovely canyon walk on well groomed trail. Stone stairs sequence after 4k leading you to The Window. Awesome view from The Window.
Trail Description: Primarily packed dirt trail, stone steps when you approach the window. The initial descent into the canyon means you will have to climb back up to finish your walk.The 1k addition has steeper trails with a significant drop off.
Restrooms: Pass restrooms at the lodge.
Blue Creek Trail BBNP
Trail Start: Homer Wilson Ranch Overlook
Walk Director: Dianne Duke
Rated: 5k - 1C (430 ft elev. gain); 10k - 2C (1115 ft gain); 15k - 4C (1885 ft gain); 20k - 5C (2630 ft gain)
Highlights: Red rock, canyon views of Chisos Mountain and Santa Elena Canyon
Trail Description: The Blue Creek traverses several plant zones: dry desert grasslands, oak-covered canyon bottom, sotol grasslands and high woodlands. About a mile from the Homer Wilson Ranch Overlook, all hikers will pass through some of the most colorful red rock formations in the park. The trail is very steep for the 15k and 20k distances. This is an out-and-back hike. If the trail gets too steep, please turn around.
Restrooms: Sotol Vista (1/4 mile beyond the overlook)
Mule Ears Trail BBNP
Trail Start: Mule Ears Trailhead
Walk Directors: Gary Silkworth / Joe Noonan
Rated: 2C with 566 ft elev. gain
Highlights: Stunning views of Mule Ears peak. Lush springs.
Trail Description: The Mule Ears trail skirts the south slope of Trap Mountain winding through dry washes and across rolling desert terrain. The 6k turn-around is near ranch ruins and the lush Mule Ears Springs. The 10k continues toward Smokey Creek and along the backside of Mule Ears. The turn- around is at a high point where you can see Smokey Creek. Both distances provide stunning views of the Mule Ears Peak.
Restrooms: Stop at Sotol Vista
Fresno Canyon Area Trail Big Bend Ranch SP
Trail Start: West Contrabando Trailhead
Walk Director: Helen Hull
Highlights: Follow the Fresno Creek through desert scrub lands with stunning views of the Bofecillos Mountains and the Contrabando Dome. Vegetation along the trail is typical of the Chihuahuan Desert.
Trail Description: 5k and 10k trails are out-and-back while the 14k will follow the West Main Trail, Dome trail, and return via the Fresno Divide Trail forming a loop. Trail gradually climbs a total of 725 feet passing ruins of several ranches and mines.
Restrooms: Porta-potty available at trailhead.
Refreshments: Stay a few minutes after the hike and enjoy a hot dog (while supplies last). Donations appreciated.
Spectacular Shorties Big Bend Area
2k - 4k (pick and choose)
Start Point: Big Bend Resort Motel
Walk Director: Susan Noonan
Rated: 1B - Easier walks on packed dirt trails
Start Time/Stamp Time: See brochure for details.
Indian Head Trail (3k), BBNP: A lesser known trail but well worth your time. The trail start is less than 2 miles from motel at the edge of BBNP. Explore the rock boulders and Indian petroglyphs.
Closed Canyon (3k) and Hoodoos (2k), BBRSP: Along the Rio Grande river on FM 170. The scenic drive on FM 170 is considered one of the most beautiful drives in America and should not be missed. Closed Canyon is a slot canyon. Turn around when the canyon becomes too narrow or difficult. Explore the rock formations and the Rio Grand riverbank on the Hoodoo trail.
Terlingua Ghost Town Walk (3k): Once home to 2000 people, Terlingua was a thriving mercury mining town. Abandoned in the 40's, to be repopulated in the 70's. Now it is an active community of artists, musicians, and free thinkers.
Host Hotel: Big Bend Resort & Adventures
Hwy 118 @ Hwy 170, Terlinqua, TX 79852
Central Reservations: 877-386-4383.
Hotel Lobby: 432-371-2218
Our negotiated rate is $108 plus tax for a room with one queen bed or $117 plus tax for a room with two beds. The rate is available October 6-12, 2020. Please call 1-432-371-3382 before September 6, 2020 to secure the WTTW negotiated rate. Big Bend Resorts requires a one night deposit, refundable up until 72 hours before the reservation. There are many other lodging options (casitas, condos, homes, camping) available in the Big Bend at a wide range of prices, visitbigbend.com.
Saturday 10/8 @ 7:00 PM
Party Barn @ Big Bend Resort & Adventures
Hwy 118 @ 170, Terlinqua.
(Look for the Windmill).
Allow one hour driving time from the Basin.
Menu: Salad, chicken/Beef Fajitas, Grillled Veggies, Rice, Beans, Cobbler & Tea.
In order to obtain a special-use permit from the national park service we have to obey national park regulations and not exchange money in the park. That means you must register by mail. Registrations must be postmarked by September 6, 2016.