The original plan was to hike the Lost Mine Trail, but it was closed due to bear activity, so we kept driving until the road ended at the lodge. There was multiple trails from there, so we picked the Chisos Basin Loop Trail based on it’s length and how late it was in the afternoon already. At the trailhead, there are signs for the different trails. We passed a couple people that said they had unintentionally taken the longer trails. I was worried that it would get significantly colder once the sun went behind the mountains and we sure didn’t want to be out past dark, so the shorter trail won.
The trail is 1.8 miles roundtrip and labeled as a moderate difficulty. The difficulty lies in the couple inclines. That’s when the little one complained about how hard it was. Otherwise, she was a trooper on the whole trip. The trail had a lot of vegetation and provided great views of the mountains. We also got a good view of the Window. There is a shorter Window View Trail, which we may have walked afterwards without realizing it.
Between the two hikes we did, plus all the driving through the desert of the park, I think we saw a good deal. I don’t think I mentioned it before, but we bought a Hiker’s Guide at the gift shop. It was $3.99 I think and had details and a map of all the trails. We didn’t have service in the park, so it came in handy. I still wish we would have had more than a day, but we’ll be back.