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Hiking the Window Trail, Chisos Basin, Big Bend
The Chisos Basin is at the heart of Big Bend National Park, and it provides something that’s essential around these parts — a break from the intense West Texas heat, especially during the sweltering summer months. The Basin is at 5,400 feet (1,646 meters), a full 1,400 feet higher than the elevation at the Chisos Mountains Basin Junction, where the only road into the Basin turns off the main park road. The basin is sort-of a bowl, surrounded by higher peaks, so hiking out of the basin is almost guaranteed to lead to some place cooler. You’ll get a good …