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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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Type: Scenic drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Type: Scenic drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Brazil, Indiana
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This is a long drive. we left the lodge and took the whole drive. it is a must if you are in big bend national park

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Nashville, Tennessee
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403 reviews 403 reviews
130 attraction reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a 32 mile drive. It takes about 1 hour with no stops. A nice mix of canyons, desert, mesas, mountains and the scattered remains of old adobe buildings. Be sure not to bi-pass the old Army compound of Castolon- it was a frontier trading post that is still opened. 8 miles from Castolon there is a canyon overlook... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I'm not a big fan of sitting in the car for extended periods of time. I'd much rather be hiking, but this was definitely worth the ride. I recommend spending a whole day making your way down the drive, stopping for hikes and views as much as possible. Take your time and enjoy it!

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Dallas, Texas
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197 reviews 197 reviews
102 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Best to time this drive with the sun at your back. But the views are outstanding no matter when you visit. Highly recommended.

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Austin, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
37 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

You drive this on your way to Castalon (where there is a store - not too well stocked, but can find snacks and drinks and a helpful cashier). Every turn you just want to stop and take more pictures! I think this part of the park is prettier than towards Rio Grande ... enjoyed this part of the park the... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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130 reviews 130 reviews
61 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

There is so much to see along this drive. Be sure to find a map or guide that will tell you what mountains you are seeing. You can get them at the ranger stations. You can stop along the way at various locations and take some incredible photos. Lots of geology and nature. Highly recommend.

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Arlington, Texas
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267 reviews 267 reviews
76 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Great drive and a dozen different places to stop and gaze at the beauty. Stop at the Sam Neil farm, donkey ears, and the end canyon. Also the burro pour out is a nice place too.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

A highlight of any visit to Big Bend National Park is this visually arresting drive through the Chihuahuan Desert, a lonely but picturesque route that culminates at Santa Elena Canyon and the Rio Grande.

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moscow
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

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
14 helpful votes 14 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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