Christmas Mountain

5/5 (9 reviews)
Terlingua, Texas (Brewster County)
Last Updated: 11/24/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

For those Big Bend visitors looking for ‘exclusivity’ in trail access along with the most stunning views at elevation, a trip up Christmas Mountain is a must. Limited to only two small groups up the mountain per day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – access to the most scenic views in the region are managed through Terlingua Ranch Lodge. Plan accordingly though as space atop Christmas Mountain is very limited – large enough for only a few vehicles.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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Trail Reviews

5/5 (9 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was a great trail with outstanding views. It took us about three hours to complete and the cliffs definitely added the pucker factor :).
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I would argue this is an easy trail with gorgeous views and some slight pucker factor due to the sheer dropoffs to the side of the trail. The path is plenty wide so there's never any danger but it's a great drive overall. You must have a (free) reservation to do this trail since it's one way and only one group is allowed on the mountain at a time. There's also a good bit of form filling-outage that must be done before they will hand you the key so be sure to arrive about 20 minutes early before your time window for the mountain. If you go solidly up and back down, it will take a full 2.5 hours. You get 4 hours for your timeslot so take your time, enjoy the view. Do some hiking at the top, it's a lot of fun up there. Also keep in mind there have been bears spotted up there before so you don't want to go too wild away from your vehicle. Overall this is one of my favorite things to do down near Big Bend.
Trail Review: Christmas Mountain - Jeremy
Trail Review: Christmas Mountain - Jeremy
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John-Paul Clark
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/24/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We made the trek up Christmas Mountain (again) for Thanksgiving 2021. The heavy rains of 2021 had washed away much of the dirt off the trail, leaving a bit more rock exposed, ultimately making the trail a bit more bumpy. Overall however, I wouldn't say they trail had become more "difficult". The first time we came here, there was no "rock pile". Now however, it's become a tradition that each visitor add to the new rock pile (formed roughly in 2019).
Trail Review: Christmas Mountain - John-Paul Clark
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/20/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Christmas Mountain was the perfect first "moderate" trail for my Tacoma TRD OR. Bill at the Terlingua Lodge was fantastic. He was not only enthusiastic about my Taco build, but also suggested other drives in the area. I'm looking for other moderate trails to build my experience before taking on some of the big boys in CO. Christmas Mountain was the perfect first trail. The angle gets close to 30°. Some tight tight turns and a baby step or two. The views are spectacular. Call ahead and make your reservation!
Trail Review: Christmas Mountain - Jamie Foster
Trail Review: Christmas Mountain - Jamie Foster
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/10/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Drove this trail last year and other than my nerves being shot (first time leading a group) it was easy and beautiful. Can't wait to go back soon. Take a lunch with you to eat at the top.

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