Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to Santa Elena Canyon is 31 miles. We did this drive on Saturday, October 30 and did 3 trails (Santa Elena Canyon, Tuff Canyon and Lower Burro Mesa Pour Off). Our favorite trail was the Santa Elena Canyon Trail.

We also stopped at the Santa Elena Canyon Overlook, Mule Ears Viewpoint and Sotol Vista Overlook.

This area is really different than the Chisos section which has more trees and vegetation.
Written November 8, 2021
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Frank H
Wildwood, MO79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My wife and I spent a day and a half at Big Bend Park. The park was almost empty of tourists and it seemed we had the place to ourselves. It was a long haul from our home town but the trip was worth it. We've been to over 15 National Parks and this rates amoung the best. The scenic drive gives you a sampling of the best to be found in the park.
Written January 16, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Cutting through the heart of Big Bend National Park, this 30-mile drive on a well-paved road snakes up, down, and around the western slopes of the Chisos Mountains and through the Chihuahuan Desert. There are several places to pull over and stretch your legs, including Sotol Vista Overlook, the Castolon Historic District, and several trailheads. And saving the best for last where the blacktop ends: the spectacular Santa Elena Canyon.
Written April 23, 2021
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jetsly
Minneapolis, MN1,707 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Big Bend is vast, but unless you are here to hike the trails and camp out in the desert, the Ross Martin Scenic Drive will be the place to spend most of your time. On a bright and sunny day, if you start down to the river early in the morning, and don't start your return until late in the afternoon, you will be able to enjoy the play of light and shadow across this magnificent desert landscape to the full. Here, as on the nearby Fort Davis scenic loop, it's the time of day that determines much of what you see. We've tried to score this point in the accompanying photos.
Written August 22, 2021
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minimize940314
Los Angeles, CA3,530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Easy and scenic drive. Head down to santa elena canyon as early as possible since it is the furthest and also the most popular destination along the road. However, there are several marked and unmarked viewpoints/trails you may want to check out. Half day (8hrs) or more can be easily spent on the attractions along with the road
Written May 13, 2024
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GERALD J.
Spring, TX871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Great drive out to Castolon campground. If you can alot the entire day toward the this day trip. There are several short out and back turn outs, that are must see. Midpoint down the Hwy, the Sotol Vista Overlook has a vault toilet. Also the Willowtree Campground has end of the road has a grocery store and restrooms. Recommend
Written August 25, 2022
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NF2013_13
Orlando, FL1,066 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We were fortunate to spend a week in Big Bend but if you're there for a day or two this is a must do as it gives you a great overview of the park. It's on the Western side of the park so depending on where you come in from, it will be closer or farther to get to. No matter, you go this far, ya gotta drive it. There's many close hikes along the way and scenery to see. The highlight is Santa Elena Canyon.
The Castolon Visitor Center is located here. We saw a bobcat and a mountain lion (!!) cross the road in front as we were driving from Chisos Basin to Ross Maxwell. We reported the mountain lion to the ranger at Castolon who thanked us. We also saw quite a few mule deer.
Written April 13, 2022
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newarkdelawaregin
Newark, DE450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Enjoyed this long drive and the multiple interesting stops along the way. We saw two road runners, a cow and some goats. Stopped at Castolon, and a few vistas and did trails at Santa Elena, Pour Off, Sam Nail Ranch and Daniels Ranch; this took most of the day.
Written January 14, 2022
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Anand Kumar
Katy, TX1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
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.
Written March 15, 2020
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Bob19512014
Gulfport, FL10,710 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
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.
Written October 19, 2020
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