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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

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Bob19512014 wrote a review Oct 19
Gulfport, Florida10,369 contributions564 helpful votes
We did many hours of research before visiting here. And even then we were shocked at the beauty of the drive and the park. The drives here are beautiful and have plenty of life hidden in the brush. You have to really want to visit here as it is many miles from the interstate. It is well worth the time involved. 300 photos later and all is well.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Gran7 wrote a review Apr 2020
Crossett1,254 contributions359 helpful votes
Spectacular views on this easy drive assure you that Big Bend is everything you were gold plus more! Cactus abound! Birds fly overhead. The mountains and canyons and valleys are breath taking. Enjoy!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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melissa w wrote a review Mar 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio907 contributions65 helpful votes
Maxwell Scenic Drive is worth the time, plus there's lots to stop and see along the road (we stopped at Upper Burro Mesa, Lower Burro Mesa, Santa Elena Canyon, and then exited back to the park entrance via Old Maverick Road). Old Maverick Road isn't on trip advisor so here's my opinion on Old Maverick: Old Maverick Road isn't that bad. Sedans should be able to drive it if they take their time and go slow. It wasn't especially scenic but it's worth it if you visit Santa Elena canyon and don't want to drive back out on Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. There's a really neat old home in the middle that you can stop and visit. So I'd recommend making a loop out of Ross Maxwell with Old Maverick.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Anand Kumar wrote a review Mar 2020
Katy, Texas1 contribution1 helpful vote
We spent 2 and a half days at Big Bend. We took Ross Maxwell scenic drive that leads to Santa Elena Canyon. We stopped at different viewpoints starting from Sam Nail ranch. The desert offers a different kind of beauty in that you see different kinds of desert plants such as Sotol, Prickly Pear, Juniper Cactus, Harvards agave, etc. We saw different birds such as Mexican Jay, Vermillion flycatcher, etc. The Santa Elena Canyon is also an excellent place to hike. The mountains and desert plants together offers a spectacular view along the drive. I would recommend everyone to take this drive.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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NewStart78 wrote a review Feb 2020
Des Moines, Iowa373 contributions330 helpful votes
This drive takes you to the river and canyon, and at that point, it is beautiful. All the lead up to that point? Nice, with a few other "wow" spots, but otherwise not memorable by NP standards. Unlike some NP scenic roads, a positive here is that the driving is very easy and traffic moves at a good clip.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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