The Window Trail, my hands-down favorite hike in Big Bend National Park, is a 5.6 mile scenic venture located in the Chisos Mountain Basin.
We were hiking with kids in the 110-degree mid-summer heat so we shaved off a mile of the trek without skimping on the views by starting at the basin's campground for a total round trip distance of 4.4 miles.
Descending through Oak Creek Canyon, the rocky trail leads to its namesake Window, an impressive rock canyon cutting through the Chisos Mountains rim.
The v-shaped Window grants an unforgettable sight of towering mountain walls spread just 20 feet apart that give way to a panoramic view of the desert below. Just be mindful of the edge---the polished rock at the pour-off is slippery and a downward fall could be fatal.