Mesa de Anguila

Dagger Mountain, Texas

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Mesa de Anguila is one of the least-visited areas of Big Bend National Park. It is part of a large uplift that extends across the Rio Grande deep into Mexico. In Texas the mesa is known as Mesa de Anguila; in Mexico it is called the Sierra Ponce. The deep cut of Santa Elena Canyon separates the two and marks the border. If you must take water from any natural source, purify it before drinking. Many hikes are possible on Mesa de Anguila, both short and extensive. Even a short day hike from Lajitas onto the mesa provides spectacular views of other mesas and colorful rock outcrops around Lajitas and in Mexico. On the mesa itself you will see many small canyons, cliffs, and mesitas. One possible route is described here. Start at the main Lajitas trailhead by the golf course.

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"Mesa de Anguila is one of the least-visited areas of Big Bend National Park. It is part of a large uplift that extends across the Rio Grande deep into Mexico. In Texas the mesa is known as Mesa de Anguila; in Mexico it is called the Sierra Ponce. The deep cut of Santa Elena Canyon separates the two and marks the border.

If you must take water from any natural source, purify it before drinking. Many hikes are possible on Mesa de Anguila, both short and extensive. Even a short day hike from Lajitas onto the mesa provides spectacular views of other mesas and colorful rock outcrops around Lajitas and in Mexico. On the mesa itself you will see many small canyons, cliffs, and mesitas. One possible route is described here. Start at the main Lajitas trailhead by the golf course."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dagger Mountain
Distance: 7.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3.5-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Mesa de Anguila

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May 2018