Boot Rock

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

Boot Rock is a mile east of Emory Peak in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park in southern Brewster County (at 29°15' N, 103°17' W). It is a slender stone tower that stands isolated between massive cliffs in a high, heavily wooded canyon. It resembles an inverted cowboy boot and is referred to in some sources as the Cowboy Boot; local residents call it the Boot. Boot Rock is an erosional remnant, a surviving portion of what was once probably a dike cutting through the Chisos Formation.

Ross A. Maxwell, The Big Bend of the Rio Grande (Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, 1968).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anonymous, “Boot Rock,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994