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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
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moscow
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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Los Angeles, California
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922 reviews 922 reviews
475 attraction reviews
386 helpful votes 386 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Take your time and spend the entire day driving over to Santa Elena Canyon and back. Stop at the overlooks. Do a couple of hikes or walks. Slow down and enjoy this amazing place.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This drive skirts the west side of the Chisos Mountains, dropping down to the Rio Grande at the mouth of Santa Elena Canyon. Along the way there are spectacular views of mountains and canyons. Of particular note are the Mule Ears peaks and Tuff Canyon.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Great drive with lots of scenic pull-offs and historic sites that goes all the way to Santa Elena Canyon. Even if you don't have time to take an entire day you should do the drive and see the canyon.

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