Haunted Hikes: Big Bend National Park

We don’t just have a hiking trail for you today, because every mile of this park seems to be haunted!

The area that is now home to Big Bend National Park in western Texas has seen humans pass through its incredible scenery for thousands of years (with European settlers only arriving 150 years ago). Established in 1944, today it is one of the lesser-visited national parks in the country (it’s also a certified dark-sky park, making star [and UFO] gazing some of the best around). But that doesn’t stop the onslaught of history and hauntings that guests report every year all throughout the park, from trails to ghost towns, and beyond!

texas-big-bend-national-park-things-to-do-santa-elena-canyonDating back hundreds of years, the land within the park was considered haunted by local tribes, in particular the Chisos Mountains. It was along these ridges that tales of witches and spirits lurked beyond the safety of the campfire. Did we mention Chisos means “ghost?”

Phantom lights are seen all throughout the park by both hikers and campers as well as humanoid figures that leave no trace.

Canyon de Bruhas has a tragic tale surrounding a young girl who was nearly captured by a group of bandits. Instead of waiting to see what horrors they would do to her, she drowned herself in the Rio Grande… and people report hearing her crying and moaning even to this day. Fun fact: Canyon de Bruhas translates to Witch’s Canyon.

dorgan-sublett-trail-big-bend-national-parkOther reports come from ghost towns scattered throughout the park where visitors report seeing full-body apparitions.

But perhaps the most incredible (or ridiculous) tale coming from Big Bend National Park is of the ghost of a horse who is still seeking revenge on the cowboys who branded him with the word MURDER.

During the Covid-19 crisis, the visitor center, as well as all overnight camping, is closed. However, all trails and roads are currently open for you to enjoy some fresh air, some beautiful sights, and some wild ghost stories.

If you own a haunted bar, cafe, hotel, or restaurant, and you’d like us to check it out, reach out to us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.  If you have a favorite haunted hot spot with great food and atmosphere and you’d like to share it with us, hit us up on social media or leave a comment below! We’d love to hear from you… Thanks for joining us and Happy Haunting!

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