Ernst Tinaja

Rio Grande Village, Texas

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Ernst Tinaja is one of the most intriguing yearround sources of fresh water in the park. While the trail is relatively short and straightforward, the drive to the trailhead is long, bumpy, and requires a good vehicle with high clearance. Check at the ranger station in Panther Junction for road conditions. As you meander up the dry arroyo to Ernst Tinaja, you’ll encounter a lesson in Big Bend geology. The arroyo becomes progressively deeper, thus exposing older and older layers of rock.

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"Ernst Tinaja is one of the most intriguing yearround sources of fresh water in the park. While the trail is relatively short and straightforward, the drive to the trailhead is long, bumpy, and requires a good vehicle with high clearance.

Check at the ranger station in Panther Junction for road conditions. As you meander up the dry arroyo to Ernst Tinaja, you’ll encounter a lesson in Big Bend geology. The arroyo becomes progressively deeper, thus exposing older and older layers of rock."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rio Grande Village
Distance: 0.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best in Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 2,150 feet
Top Elevation: 2,400 feet
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park
Local Maps: USGS Roys Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Ernst Tinaja

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May 2018