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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
Activities: Driving

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Gorgeous drive with lots of do

Mountains and valleys, desert and flower fields, Texas history throughout. Take a whole day at least. You'll need even more if you want to explore many of the trails. Each one is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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239 reviews 239 reviews
105 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

30 mile good, paved road from the Castolon junction to Sn Elena Canyon is recommended because: The High Chihuahan desert is more scenic than most southwestern US desert landscapes. The colors are more varied and there is more vegetation. Homer Wilson Ranch stop is interesting and educational. Mule Ears view point stop is another classic Big Bend view. Small visitor... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Mountains and valleys, desert and flower fields, Texas history throughout. Take a whole day at least. You'll need even more if you want to explore many of the trails. Each one is beautiful and unique.

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Barrington, Illinois
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186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Great scenic drive down to Castolon and Santa Elena. During this time, the desert was in bloom (best I've seen in years) which made it even better. There are a lot of small, short trails that offshoot this road so take your time.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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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114 reviews 114 reviews
55 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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
16 helpful votes 16 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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341 helpful votes 341 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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161 reviews 161 reviews
30 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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