Closed Canyon Trail

Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas

Elevation Gain877ft
Trailhead Elevation2,683ft
Elevation Min/Max2385/2709ft
Elevation Start/End2683/2683ft

Closed Canyon Trail

Closed Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Presidio County, Texas. It is within Big Bend Ranch State Park. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 2,683 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 877 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and an information.

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100 Classic Hikes in Texas (The Mountaineers Books)
E. Dan Klepper
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"Closed Canyon is a deep slot canyon that cuts through Colorado Mesa, a massive uplift between FM 170 and the Rio Grande River. The narrow geology of the canyon means the trail is in shadow most of the day. The trail is relatively straightforward, and the trailhead includes a nice shaded ramada for picnicking. It’s an excellent hike for families; just keep the kids away from the canyon’s pour-off ledge."
Hiking Big Bend National Park (Falcon Guides)
Laurence Parent
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"Closed Canyon is a deep, narrow canyon cutting through Colorado Mesa (aka Mesa de la Cuchilla) to the Rio Grande. The trail follows the bottom of the canyon until a series of high pour-offs prevent further travel down canyon. The mouth of Closed Canyon is easily visible a short distance west of the trailhead. The trail starts at the TX FM 170 parking area by following an abandoned dirt road a short distance west to a dry creekbed that enters Closed Canyon. Follow the creekbed downstream into the canyon’s entrance, where the gravel gives way to smooth, polished rock."

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We made the mistake of coming in June, so it was hot. Our dog is actually the one who had the hardest time (I am not sure whether it is due to the terrain:rocks/ or if it was too hot for his paws). Unfortunately we ended up turning around before the waterfall because he was not in shape to continue on. There is practically no shade on this trail. The trail is not well marked so make sure you "read" the trail and realize that some possible trails are "crossed" by little rows of stones at times to guide you. It is not a bad hike, and I would like to try is again without the dog when it is a little cooler!

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Big Bend Ranch State Park
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Big Bend Ranch State Park
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