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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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Fort McMurray, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 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
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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818 reviews 818 reviews
404 attraction reviews
354 helpful votes 354 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Sugar Land, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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