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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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130 reviews 130 reviews
61 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

There is so much to see along this drive. Be sure to find a map or guide that will tell you what mountains you are seeing. You can get them at the ranger stations. You can stop along the way at various locations and take some incredible photos. Lots of geology and nature. Highly recommend.

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Arlington, Texas
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233 reviews 233 reviews
53 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Great drive and a dozen different places to stop and gaze at the beauty. Stop at the Sam Neil farm, donkey ears, and the end canyon. Also the burro pour out is a nice place too.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

A highlight of any visit to Big Bend National Park is this visually arresting drive through the Chihuahuan Desert, a lonely but picturesque route that culminates at Santa Elena Canyon and the Rio Grande.

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moscow
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It is nice, I can't say it is something outstanding. If you in Big Bend park sure you must do it. Plus I recommend on the way back use unpaved Old Maverick road suitable for any cars.

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BAYTOWN
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Around every corner and about every 5 miles the views changed. We saw different beauty on the trip back, different views and as the sun changed overhead the shadows became so spatacular!

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This drive was a perfect ending to our visit to the park, highly recommended. Only issue was that a small portion of the road was closed due to recent flood damage.

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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The drive takes one all the way to the Santa Elena canyon and offers some good views of the mountains in the park. We didn't spend much time at the stops, since we wanted to utilize the time hiking the canyon trail. There are some good sunrise spots as well.

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The drive is worth it, and make sure to do the pulloffs to get good views and pictures. We arrived in the park about 830 in the morning and drove every bit of paved road in the park and were done by 4.

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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

One of the most beautiful drives in America. So many different formations that take you back to prehistoric times. The colors are enhanced at sunset. Just breathtaking!

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Austin, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This drive will take you from the Sam Nail Ranch area including the Oak Springs trail, The Cattail Falls Trail (an incredible waterfall), all the way to the Santa Elena Canyon with many other prominent features and trails along the way. You shouldn't miss this one.

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