Hoodoos Trail

Lajitas, Texas

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The moon is fond of playing tricks on folks who choose to venture outdoors and explore the Texas desert under the illumination of its waxing shine. Cactus pads with their shadow spines akimbo, mesquite beans in droopy clusters, and the limbs of cane cholla all hang in the preternatural light, not quite unfamiliar but uncomfortably more human than botanical. And if a picture is taken, not a snapshot but a long, slow exposure, the photograph will at first glance appear as if it had been produced in the broad light of day. But it is only an illusion because beneath a full moon, the colors of a west Texas desert are at curious odds with nature’s spectrum and its night shadows unnaturally darker than pitch. No place in Texas offers a more fitting chance to witness this spectral light than among the hoodoos of Big Bend Ranch State Park. Hikers can actually view a few of the major pinnacles without ever leaving their vehicles. But to really appreciate them, a short hike toward the Rio Grande River is required.

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"The moon is fond of playing tricks on folks who choose to venture outdoors and explore the Texas desert under the illumination of its waxing shine. Cactus pads with their shadow spines akimbo, mesquite beans in droopy clusters, and the limbs of cane cholla all hang in the preternatural light, not quite unfamiliar but uncomfortably more human than botanical. And if a picture is taken, not a snapshot but a long, slow exposure, the photograph will at first glance appear as if it had been produced in the broad light of day. But it is only an illusion because beneath a full moon, the colors of a west Texas desert are at curious odds with nature’s spectrum and its night shadows unnaturally darker than pitch.

No place in Texas offers a more fitting chance to witness this spectral light than among the hoodoos of Big Bend Ranch State Park. Hikers can actually view a few of the major pinnacles without ever leaving their vehicles. But to really appreciate them, a short hike toward the Rio Grande River is required."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lajitas
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best in Winter
Local Contacts: Big Bend Ranch State Park
Local Maps: USGS Redford SE
Driving Directions: Directions to Hoodoos Trail

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May 2018