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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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Dallas, Texas, Usa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Did this on the Harley with the wife,….WOW! We decided to drive into the park and check out this road. Well worth the trip and really cool on the bike. Take the camera and the movie camera.

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Katy, Texas
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13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We were told by an older couple that stays in the park often that we needed to stop along this route at the Mule Ears Trail. We did just that. It's beautiful countryside for the entire ride. You see the outside of the Chisos, down into canyons and valleys, leading you towards the cliffs of the canyon at St. Elena's.... More

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Houston, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is the drive that takes you to the Santa Elena Canyon, You will love all the scenic points enroute. Speed is 45 mph. Do not speed up as road keeps twisting, turning and going up and down. Also you will miss the beauty.

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We drove this road from Chisos Basin Campground to Santa Elena Canyon. There are many hikes along the way. Some awesome mountain views & stunning rock formations. "Mule Ears" was one of my favorites! When you get close to the Rio Grande, the cliffs are really spectacular! The drive is way more scenic than I expected.

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LA
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12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Whether going to the southern section of Bid Bend or coming from it, this is a lovely drive. The scenery is much more diverse and easier to navigate than the western unpaved route. You may even see some javelinas or feral hogs.

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Nashville, TN
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169 attraction reviews
269 helpful votes 269 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

with hiking trails and beautiful vistas around every turn. Don't miss taking a single turnoff. You'll miss something special!

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Woodstock, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

It will only take an hour to do the whole drive, even if you stop at all of the viewpoints (add an hour to hike Santa Elena Canyon). Beautiful views (which is why you came to Big bend in the first place)

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