Here’s a list of my favorite hikes and spots in Big Bend! You are able to experience so much of the park just by driving around and these hikes were totally doable with little kids. Definitely pack your swimsuits so you can play in the river!
Closed Canyon – this hike is in Big Bend State Park but its worth it! 1.4 miles round trip and most of it is through a canyon.
Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive – a 30 mile road through the park. It ends at Santa Elena Canyon.
Santa Elena Canyon – a walk along the Rio Grande with a brief climb that gives you a stunning view of the canyon. A fun spot to swim too!
Window View Trail – not so much a trail but a 0.3 paved path that leads you to the viewpoint of the Window (a cut-out in the Chisos Mountain Range)
Mule Ears Spring Trail – the mule ears are a unique rock formation that look like, big surprise here – MULE EARS!
Boquillas Canyon – this trail follows the edge of the Rio Grande and is a fun spot to stop and swim.
Espresso Y Poco Mas (Terlingua) – You’ll find coffee drinks, fresh squeezed orange juice and smoothies, but also the best breakfasts and lunches around – all with an impressive view of the Chisos Mountain Range, a newspaper, and free wifi.
Canyon Brew Coffee at Far Flung Outdoor Center (Terlingua) – cute spot to grab some coffee
Terlingua Trading Company (Terlingua) – fun spot to shop next door to the Starlight while you wait for your table.
Lajitas General Store (Lajitas) – great spot to grab deli sandwiches before you head to the park!
Starlight Theatre Restaurant (Terlingua) – the perfect spot to end the day with great food and live music!
Tivo’s – an awesome Mexican Restaurant at the Longhorn Ranch Motel (Terlingua)
Far Flung Outdoor Center – let them be your guides to experience this vast place with a river trip or a jeep tour!