Coming quickly: a brand new Large Bend path

Posted by Jeff on Feb 9, 2021 @ 7:16 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments | Last modified: February 9, 2021

Future park visitors will have another opportunity to get up, hop off, and enjoy the vastness of Big Bend when work on a new trail is completed next year. The Lone Mountain Trail will circumnavigate the base of Lone Mountain, an imposing feature north of park headquarters in Panther Junction.

After a long drive to Big Bend and arriving at the Panther Junction Visitor Center to plan their adventure, many visitors seek hiking in the immediate area where there are currently no hiking trails. The new trail features a moderate 3-mile loop through the Chihuahuan Desert that conveniently starts and ends in Panther Junction. Highlights of the route include spectacular views of the Chisos, Rosillos and Dead Horse Mountains. a variety of desert plants and animals; and the interesting volcanic features of Lone Mountain.

“With over 200 miles of hiking trails, Big Bend is a world-famous hiking destination,” says Bob Krumenaker, Superintendent of Big Bend National Park. “We are proud to offer visitors this new opportunity to enjoy their park even more. I am very pleased to make this decision, to complete a planning process that is far too long and to move forward with the construction of this hiking trail. “

Construction of the new trail will be carried out in 2022 by the crew and volunteers of the Big Bend National Park Trail. Initially, no additional parking spaces or facilities are planned. If the usage warrants this, the NPS will consider alternative park or trailhead configurations at a later date.

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