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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

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A beautiful drive with amazing views

Set off on the drive from Chisos Basin at 7 am to get to Santa Elana before the heat levels were too much. The drive took around an hour, as we didn't stop, and was amazing. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Set off on the drive from Chisos Basin at 7 am to get to Santa Elana before the heat levels were too much. The drive took around an hour, as we didn't stop, and was amazing. The vistas were phenomenal, and the guidebook we used, explained everything we were seeing. The drive back from SE, gave us the opportunity to... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This drive is an easy way to take in many great views of the park and there are many easily accessible walking hikes along the way (e.g. Sam Nail Ranch, Homer Wilson Ranch, and Sotol Vista Overlook). Be sure to stop off on the paved car loop for the Sotol Vista Overlook. You'll see for miles, beyond the Santa Elena... More 

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Craven Arms, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This is a great route to see some of the splendour and wide open spaces of Southern Texas. There are so many places to pull over and take in the view. I was having to force myself NOT to stop and take in the vistas. We were only here for a day and had lots to see and do so... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We are in our late 50s and the wife had enough of serious hiking, for awhile. This drive had lots of great vistas and a nice variety of geologic and historic markers along the way. There were also a good variety of short walks, to enjoy.

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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