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Texas Trail Running: Big Bend National Park –

Sometimes considered “three parks in one,” Big Bend includes mountain, desert, and river environments. An hour’s drive can take you from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. Here, you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States, and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and solitude. – NPS

Meghan Hicks wrote a great article over at, highlighting an epic trail running location in southwest Texas – Big Bend National Park. Meghan highlights the terrain, climate, three trail runs of varying difficulty, and where to find some grub and gear. This is a great resource for anyone interested in exploring the park.

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Big Bend Ultra Run

The Big Bend Ultra (50/25/10 km) trail run in the park takes place on January 16, 2011. Currently the 50/25 km is sold out but the 10 km still has entries available.

More Park Resources

If you are looking for more detailed information on the trails and park history, here are a few items that may be useful.


National Park Services – Big Bend

Popular Big Bend National Park guides

Hiking Big Bend National Park

Brief description: Hiking Big Bend highlights 47 trails of various difficulty ranging from short day hikes to backcountry treks.

Enjoying Big Bend National Park: A Friendly Guide to Adventures for Everyone

Brief description: Enjoying Big Bend National Park contains over 30 activities that includes adventures by foot, vehicle, and family friendly options. This is not solely about the trails.

The Historical Story

The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier

Brief description: The Big Bend provides a scholarly historical summary of the park area and includes old photographs, maps, and descriptions of old historic sites.

Big Bend veterans – Are there any other resources that have been beneficial to your enjoyment of the park whether for running/hiking or otherwise?

I need to get my tread down there. So many places to experience and explore…

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

(Photos: Courtesy of Soul Smiling and Jeremy Chen)

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

4 Responses to “Texas Trail Running: Big Bend National Park –”

  1. on 08 Nov 2010 at 4:33 pm Harold Neiper

    It was a good article. Also some of the pictures linked to in that story’s comments were pretty nice. I am running the 50k – my first ultra there and hopefully I can enjoy the scenery too. Thx for the write up too with the additional links!
    Cheers, Harold

  2. on 09 Nov 2010 at 8:51 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Harold – I think the event will be a great way to enjoy the scenery. From my understanding the footing seems really good, so you should actually be able to look around and not take a digger. 🙂

    Enjoy the journey!

  3. on 09 Nov 2010 at 10:43 pm Bob Rampy

    Well Dave…I ran this 50K and took a ‘header’ one time. The scenery is so good…LOL.

  4. on 10 Nov 2010 at 6:35 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Bob – Ouch! Thanks for the wondering eyes caution. But one cannot help but ask…was there any blood? 😉