Fossil Bone Exhibit to Hot Springs via Tornillo Creek

Marathon, Texas

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This off-trail overnight hike is a great way to see some of the Chihuahuan Desert lowlands by traveling along Tornillo Creek, a major arroyo (or drainage) for the northern and eastern part of the national park. By simply following the arroyo bed all the way downstream, you can forgo the need for a trail and enjoy some of the country normally occupied only by wildlife. Sometimes, particularly the winter months, large pools of water and springs are found along the first half of the route.

Fossil Bone Exhibit to Hot Springs via Tornillo Creek Professional Review and Guide

"This off-trail overnight hike is a great way to see some of the Chihuahuan Desert lowlands by traveling along Tornillo Creek, a major arroyo (or drainage) for the northern and eastern part of the national park.

By simply following the arroyo bed all the way downstream, you can forgo the need for a trail and enjoy some of the country normally occupied only by wildlife. Sometimes, particularly the winter months, large pools of water and springs are found along the first half of the route."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Marathon
Distance: 23
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 days, 1 overnight
Season: Best in Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 2,800 feet
Top Elevation: 2,800 feet
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park
Local Maps: USGS Grapevine Hills, McKinney Springs, Roys Peak, San Vicente
Driving Directions: Directions to Fossil Bone Exhibit to Hot Springs via Tornillo Creek

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May 2018