Tuff Canyon

Emory Peak, Texas

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Tuff Canyon is a small, narrow, sheer-walled canyon carved into a layer of light gray tuff by Blue Creek, one of the largest drainages of the Chisos Mountains. The tuff was created during an explosive volcanic eruption that blew the molten rock into small particles, or ash. As this hot, glowing ash settled back to the ground, heat and the pressure of overlying layers hardened the ash into a soft rock called tuff. Water easily eroded this tuff into a canyon along Blue Creek.
Hiking Big Bend National Park

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Hiking Big Bend National Park

by Laurence Parent (Falcon Guides)

Tuff Canyon is a small, narrow, sheer-walled canyon carved into a layer of light gray tuff by Blue Creek, one of the largest drainages of the Chisos Mountains. The tuff was created during an explosive volcanic eruption that blew the molten rock into small particles, or ash.

As this hot, glowing ash settled back to the ground, heat and the pressure of overlying layers hardened the ash into a soft rock called tuff. Water easily eroded this tuff into a canyon along Blue Creek.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Emory Peak
Distance: 0.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Tuff Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

3/1/2011
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Hiked this in the heat of the day. It was pretty but did not see anything that was worth the heat past the overlooks. It had not rained for 4 months so everything was about as dry as it could be....Overlooks are nice but not sure the rest of the hike is worth it.


1/3/2007
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We stopped here for lunch after a severely rainy morning, not expecting a lot - but to our suprise the canyon was running large waterfalls, colored terra cotta as the desert washes drained. A beautiful suprise.


6/15/1998
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This is a very short trail and great for kids (old or young) who enjoy big boulders and changing terrain. Lots of photo possibilities and scrambling around the rocks. It's easy to get into and out of along a short path. young and old will enjoy this walk through the hardened ash deposits from long dead volcanos.



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