Big Bend National Park
October 9-11, 2020
Hike the Big Bend Parks in West Texas
Posted April 16, 2020 by Susan Noonan
Hold the dates: October 9-11, 2020. Hike with an “altitude” over the Columbus Day weekend with the West Texas Trail Walkers in Big Bend, Texas. This marks our 40th year as a club hiking in the remote national and state parks in west Texas. The hikes this October are along the “Big Bend” of the Rio Grande River in one of the most isolated and ruggedly beautiful areas of America.
Big Bend National Park now limits groups to 30 hikers per trail/day. To meet the restrictions, the club has sanctioned four trails to be hiked either October 9 or 10. Three trails are in the Big Bend National Park. The Window Trail starts in the Chisos Basin. It offers a scenic view of the desert flat lands to Mexico and the canyons along the Rio Grande River. The hike is 5k/11k and is moderately difficult. Blue Creek Trail begins at the Homer Wilson Ranch Overlook. Distances are between 5k-20k. The first half of the trail is easy but it becomes more difficult as you increase altitude. The trail is an out and back up the Blue Creek and winds along amazing geological formations. Mule Ears Trail is off the Ross Maxwell Scenic Dr. The trail is a moderate hike through rolling desert terrain with views of the majestic Mule Ears Peaks. The trail is 6k/10k out and back. The fourth sanctioned walk for either October 9 or 10 features Four Spectacular Shorties. Each easy walk features a landmark in the Big Bend area. Participants can walk any or all the trails for up to 11k in total. Two trails, Closed Canyon (3k) and Hoodoos (2k), are in the Big Bend Ranch State Park 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. The other short hikes are Terlingua Ghost Town Walking Tour (3k) and Indian Head Trail (3k) at the edge of the national park, near Big Bend Resort and Adventures motel..
On Sunday, October 11 only the Fresno Canyon Area Trail in Big Bend Ranch State Park will be offered. The Fresno Canyon Area Trail begins at the West Contrabando trail head. It features geologic formations and ridges caused by volcanic activity and uplift action. Further erosion caused by wind and rain amplifies the beauty of the trail. A moderately difficult 13k loop or 5k/10k out and back are offered. Grab a Hot Dog prepared by the planning team after the hike. Donations appreciated.
Social Activities: Meet up with your friends for beer and pizza on Friday, October 9 for Happy Hour at La Kiva Bar and Restaurant. The cost is $16 ($8 for volunteers). Saturday night, October 10 is the BBQ Annual Dinner costing $25. The dinner is at the Party Barn, Big Bend Resort and Adventures motel.
Make your lodging reservations from now to September 6 to secure the special 10% discount at the Big Bend Resort and Adventures Motel, 432-371-3382. Mention you are with WTTW. For other lodging and camping options, please visit visitbigbend.com. The flyer and pre-registrations forms will be available on our website westtexastrailwalkers.org June 1. For additional questions contact Susan Noonan, email@example.com.
Alert! With the uncertainty about COVID-19 pandemic, these hikes are subject to change or cancellation. Please keep checking our website for updates, .westtexastrailwalkers.org. Pre-registration closes October 1. Walk-up registration will be open Thursday, October 8 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Big Bend Resort Motel conference room.