10. Devil’s Den, Big Bend National Park, Texas (5.5 miles)Learn More
Not many people think of Texas as primo hiking territory, which is how Texans like it. Devil’s Den, located in a beautiful limestone slot canyon in the Chihuahuan Desert, is visited by as few as five hikers per year, according to park rangers (In fact, Big Bend, spread out over a majestic 800,000-acres, is one of the least-visited national parks). A short trek up a dry but well-shaded creek bed ends in a series of caves and natural arches gouged out of hard limestone. In the rainy season, cool arroyo pools, called tinajas, provide welcome respite from the ovenish heat. The southern edge of the canyon reveals a broad desert plain and the jagged relief of the Santiago Mountains.
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