Trail Run Project Logo

gem icon Ernst Tinaja [Suggest Edits]

16 votes
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Description

This frequently-visited site sits at the entrance of a limestone canyon that is well-known for three particular features. The first is the bright, curving orange striations in the rocks. Next, are the giant oyster fossils that are found in the rock layers, followed by the tinaja itself.

The Ernst Tinaja is a 13-foot, naturally-formed rock pool which is also referred to as a "kettle". Tinajas are pools or pockets that are formed in the bedrock. This is caused by being at the base of waterfalls or by the recurring erosion from ephemeral desert streams or arroyos that carry sediment which, over time, can carve out deep shapes in the rock. The Ernst Tinaja often has a concentrated, green water in it that can be toxic if consumed. Occasionally, animals fall into these holes and are unable to get out due to the sheerness of the walls.

Past the Ernst Tinaja, that are many opportunities for bouldering up in the canyon. The sandy conditions on the rock surfaces can be slick, so be careful with your footing as you explore.

Visitors should be very aware of any chance of rain in this area. This canyon is prone to flash floods and can be extremely dangerous if there is any sort of precipitation.

Short Run: On the park's east side, head north from the paved road on Old Ore Road for 4.5 miles. This road is suggested for high-clearance vehicles only. Look for signs for the short, 0.2-mile access road that leads to the Ernst Tinaja Primitive Roadside Campsite. Continue past the campsite for the parking area for the trailhead to Ernst Tinaja. It is about a half mile to the tinaja, for around a one mile run in total.

Gem Type: Geologic Feature

Shared by:
Zander Göpfert

0 Comments

You & This Gem


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Share This Gem

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Nearby Gems

gem Favorite Balanced Rock is one of the top sunrise hikes! With views to the east the mountains of Sierra del Carmen light up a spectacular purple. Contrasted with the light, bouldered desert landscape it is a sight to behold.

Balanced Rock

(27) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite Tornillo Creek Meets the Rio Grande

Langford Hot Springs

(23) Big Ben…, TX

Nearby Trails

2.0 mi 3.1 km Balanced Rock
Easy/Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Easy/Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.1 km Big Bend National Park, TX
All Clear
Update
Dry
51 days ago
33 
1.3 mi 2.1 km Boquillas Canyon Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Easy/Intermediate
1.3 mi 2.1 km Big Bend National Park, TX
All Clear
Update
Dry - Cool, overcast day, we were thre only people at the end of the trail with perfect solitude
53 days ago
35 
13.2 mi 21.2 km Marufo Vega Trail
Difficult
Big Bend National Park, TX
Difficult
13.2 mi 21.2 km Big Bend National Park, TX
All Clear
Update
Dry
5 days ago
12 
1.3 mi 2.0 km Ernst Tinaja
Easy/Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Easy/Intermediate
1.3 mi 2.0 km Big Bend National Park, TX
Unknown
Update
13 
1.4 mi 2.2 km Lower Straw House Trail
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate
1.4 mi 2.2 km Big Bend National Park, TX
All Clear
Update
Dry
5 days ago
0.6 mi 0.9 km Hot Springs Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Easy/Intermediate
0.6 mi 0.9 km Big Bend National Park, TX
All Clear
Update
Dry
43 days ago
15 
2.0 mi 3.3 km Pine Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.3 km Big Bend National Park, TX
Unknown
Update
9.7 mi 15.7 km Elephant Tusk Trail
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate
9.7 mi 15.7 km Big Bend National Park, TX
Unknown
Update
0.5 mi 0.8 km Rio Grande Village Nature Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Easy/Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.8 km Big Bend National Park, TX
All Clear
Update
Dry
43 days ago
2.8 mi 4.6 km Hot Springs Canyon Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Easy/Intermediate
2.8 mi 4.6 km Big Bend National Park, TX
All Clear
Update
Dry - started at Daniel's Ranch, hiking west.
49 days ago
Shared by Zander Göpfert on Jul 21, 2016. All Page Views: 2,520. Last Month: 48.