Dorgan-Sublett Trail

Lajitas, Texas

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Before the park was created, much of the Rio Grande floodplain in the Castolon area was farmed. This short easy trail leads to the ruins of several of the historic farm houses. The first ruin, reached just past the trailhead, was a stone farmhouse owned by James and Melissa Belle Sublett, who first settled in the area in 1913. James Sublett is credited with introducing mechanized farming to the Big Bend area. Closed Canyon is a deep, narrow canyon cutting through Colorado Mesa 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 creek bed that enters Closed Canyon.

Dorgan-Sublett Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Before the park was created, much of the Rio Grande floodplain in the Castolon area was farmed. This short easy trail leads to the ruins of several of the historic farm houses. The first ruin, reached just past the trailhead, was a stone farmhouse owned by James and Melissa Belle Sublett, who first settled in the area in 1913. James Sublett is credited with introducing mechanized farming to the Big Bend area.

Closed Canyon is a deep, narrow canyon cutting through Colorado Mesa 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 creek bed that enters Closed Canyon."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lajitas
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Dorgan-Sublett Trail

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6/16/2007
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This is a fun trail which is not to be missed. It is cool due to being in a canyon, and adventurous and fun because the ground is not very even, yet not dangerous. It would be a nice break along the ride between Lajitas and Presidio. We went there the day after camping at the Colorado camp ground. It had rained the night before so the ground was a little loose at places and you had to watch your step not to "sink". I really recommed this very enjoyable hike.



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