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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
Activities: Driving

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There are two times to best appreciate the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive: 1. Just as the sun is coming up...to photograph the entrance of Santa Elena Canyon. On the way back is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

There are two times to best appreciate the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive: 1. Just as the sun is coming up...to photograph the entrance of Santa Elena Canyon. On the way back is a great time hike the nearby Dorgan House trail and see/photograph the remains of this historic ranch. 2. For everything else: Go just before sunset. It will take... More 

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Harker Heights
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54 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Very nice drive from main road to Castolon and the Santa Elena Canyon. Take your time and heed the 45 mph speed limit so you can take in the sights and scenery. Lots of neat sights and info to experiance if you take advantage to the pulls offs with their info sign displays. Make sure you have plenty of fuel... More 

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Austin, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Wildflowers in April are incredible. Bring water, hat, and sun screen -- and take one of the 4 mile hikes. All memorable.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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166 attraction reviews
324 helpful votes 324 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This is a very good paved road that takes you to Castolon on the Rio Grande River and nearby Santa Elena Canyon. You can take your time and enjoy the many pullovers. And you can return via the Old Maverick Road, an improved gravel road.

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Nacogdoches, TX
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The drive travels through gorgeous desert beauty and ultimately leads to Santa Elena Canyon. It is the highlight of the whole National Park. If you go nowhere else take this drive.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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157 reviews 157 reviews
30 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We took all morning to do the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. So many trails, pull outs, rest stops along the way. Enjoy the Sam Nail Ranch, Sotal Vista,Tuff Canyon, stop for lunch at Castolon, then begin your trek to Santa Elena Canyon Trail. This is a "bucket list" item in Big Bend for sure.

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Houston, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

One of the most beautiful roads I have ever been on. From the multi-colored mountains to the final destination at Santa Elena Canyon, it's all just amazing.

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Santa Clarita, California, United States
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99 reviews 99 reviews
61 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is a awesome way to spend some time, a must do while in the Big Bend area. Drive slow and take it all in. John & LynNita Ellis.

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Houston, Texas
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310 reviews 310 reviews
90 attraction reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This beautiful drive is simply not to be missed. There are many places to stop along the way, either to take photos or to take in the views, or to hike. The views are simply stunning, and too numerous to mention here. Just take my word for it and take the drive next time you visit Big Bend NP!

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Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Yes, it's a very scenic drive. Plan it along with doing Santa Elena Canyon. There are a number of short hikes one can do and still stay on a driving schedule. But, I'd have to say the drive into the Chisos Basin is just as scenic. In fact, my wife and I rated nearly all the Big Bend activities as... More 

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