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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!

Great day drive with lots of pullovers to stop and enjoy the beauty along this drive. Bring your camera, binoculars, sun screen, and be prepared to enjoy the scenery or take in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Great day drive with lots of pullovers to stop and enjoy the beauty along this drive. Bring your camera, binoculars, sun screen, and be prepared to enjoy the scenery or take in some hiking trails, and make sure you have plenty of gas in the car. We especially enjoyed the area around Santa Elena Canyon and the Mule Ears viewing... More 

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Send, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Lots to see and a very interesting drive. Take it slow, stop often, take plenty of water with you. Santa Elena Canyon is beautiful.

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Uvalde
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We had one day in the park, so this was basically what we did. We drove slow and took it all in, pulled off at every pull-out and scenic viewing area. The park was very NOT busy and the roads are in like new condition. The vistas are must see!!!!!

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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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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Big Bend National Park

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