Lower Shutup Canyon

Presidio, Texas

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Along the southern interior of the state’s volcanic behemoth known as the Solitario lies a certain nameless ridge that rises affably above the desert floor. It is modest in size, lacks any distinctive features, and, unlike most of the surrounding geography, it doesn’t illustrate much evidence of the area’s geological upheaval. In fact, it’s just another bump in an extremely bumpy landscape. But for the hiker who is preparing to tackle one of the more dramatic hikes Big Bend Ranch State Park has to offer, a short trek up the flank of the anonymous ridge at sundown provides a surprising reward. From its peak, the vast Big Bend Country and all its mountain sentinels spread from horizon to horizon in a stunning Gulliver's view: Santiago, La Mota, Chinati, Sierra el Matadero, Livermore, the Chisos to the east, the Bofecillos westward, the Davis Mountains far north, and Mexico's Sierra Rica down south.

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"Along the southern interior of the state’s volcanic behemoth known as the Solitario lies a certain nameless ridge that rises affably above the desert floor. It is modest in size, lacks any distinctive features, and, unlike most of the surrounding geography, it doesn’t illustrate much evidence of the area’s geological upheaval. In fact, it’s just another bump in an extremely bumpy landscape. But for the hiker who is preparing to tackle one of the more dramatic hikes Big Bend Ranch State Park has to offer, a short trek up the flank of the anonymous ridge at sundown provides a surprising reward.

From its peak, the vast Big Bend Country and all its mountain sentinels spread from horizon to horizon in a stunning Gulliver's view: Santiago, La Mota, Chinati, Sierra el Matadero, Livermore, the Chisos to the east, the Bofecillos westward, the Davis Mountains far north, and Mexico's Sierra Rica down south."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Presidio
Distance: 5.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best in Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 4,300 feet
Top Elevation: 4,300 feet
Local Contacts: Big Bend Ranch State Park
Local Maps: USGS The Solitario
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Shutup Canyon

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May 2018