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Closed Canyon Professional Review and Guide
"Closed Canyon is a deep, narrow canyon cutting through Colorado Mesa (aka Mesa de la Cuchilla) to the Rio Grande. The trail follows the bottom of the canyon until a series of high pour-offs prevent further travel down canyon. The mouth of Closed Canyon is easily visible a short distance west of the trailhead. The trail starts at the TX FM 170 parking area by following an abandoned dirt road a short distance west to a dry creekbed that enters Closed Canyon. Follow the creekbed downstream into the canyon’s entrance, where the gravel gives way to smooth, polished rock."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking Big Bend National Park (Falcon Guides).
We made the mistake of coming in June, so it was hot. Our dog is actually the one who had the hardest time (I am not sure whether it is due to the terrain:rocks/ or if it was too hot for his paws). Unfortunately we ended up turning around before the waterfall because he was not in shape to continue on. There is practically no shade on this trail. The trail is not well marked so make sure you "read" the trail and realize that some possible trails are "crossed" by little rows of stones at times to guide you. It is not a bad hike, and I would like to try is again without the dog when it is a little cooler!
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