Rancherías Loop

Redford, Texas 79846

Rancherías Loop

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"The Rancherías Loop Trail passes through two desert canyons, past two reliable springs, and over ridges and mesas. The terrain is very rough, with some steep climbs. Other than at the trailheads, the trail is generally marked only by rock cairns. This is a trail for experienced desert hikers in good physical condition who can read topographic maps and use a compass. Three days and two nights are recommended for the trip, although strong hikers can do it in two days. When the trail is broken into three segments, the daily mileage averages 6.9 miles, considered short for many backpackers. The terrain, however, demands extra time and energy. People who have required rescue on this trail have usually gotten into trouble because they overestimated their ability and underestimated the terrain. This is not a trail for beginning desert hikers."

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100 Classic Hikes in Texas (The Mountaineers Books)
E. Dan Klepper
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"Texas has its share of wild and historic places, but none portray the arc of nature and human intervention more remarkably than Big Bend Ranch State Park’s Rancherías Loop Trail. The trail is comprised of historic wagon trails created by Mexican and European settlers, the vestiges of mule paths, ranch roads and jeep tracks, and waypoints utilized for centuries by Native Americans. It meanders through rugged canyons, climbs over saddle passes, and descends rough, sprawling ridges along some of west Texas’s most dramatic desert sierras—the Bofecillos Mountains. Along the way are seep springs, tinajas, abandoned bebederas (livestock troughs) and pilas (water storage tanks), rock windrows, stone dams, collapsed corrals, adobe ruins, and the rusty remnants of over 250 miles of fence line."

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10-11 hours
Big Bend National Park
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