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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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A lovely drive; some great places to stop along the way.

We took a day driving along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, finishing at Santa Elena Canyon. The Canyon at the end is the real highlight, but there are some great walks to do... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Casa Grande, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

30 miles of scenic views that is an easy drive. A few pull outs for picture taking and side hikes are available.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a day driving along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, finishing at Santa Elena Canyon. The Canyon at the end is the real highlight, but there are some great walks to do along the way, and most are only 30-60mins. I think you could do the drive in a couple of hrs, but I would allow 1/2 - 1... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did this after a strenuous south rim hike. It is as long or as short as you want to do. But gives great views of the mountains, and there are a number of points where you can park the car for pictures or small hikes. It is an easy drive from the lodge, and will be great during sunset... More 

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Thank Archana N
Columbia, Missouri
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This drive is utterly fascinating because you see many incredible formations that show the geological history of the area. We stopped at all the interpretive signs both up and down the road and did he vistas twice as well just to see the effects of the changing light.

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Thank HistorianMom
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

This is a beautiful drive. Stop off at the small canyon along the way. Highly recommended drive. *note: the unpaved road that meets this one and goes to Terlingua is really rough. In retrospect, we would have taken the Ross Maxwell back and circled around.

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3 Thank Dana S
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Stop along the way for all the photo opportunities! The store offers a great place to regroup, buy more supplies, and learn some of the local history.

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Thank FrexicanJoseph
Arlington, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

You can do a lot of driving at Big Bend, but this is my favorite. Great views and many places to stop and look at the attractions.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

To continue our quest to see all the National Parks we finally get to Big Bend. That isn't easy! The scenic drive is fantastic. We just took our time and tried to see everything. We enjoyed the Burro Mesa Pour. Just a short hike. You get a real feel for the earth's history. The mountains, the desert, the river. It... More 

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Houston, Texas
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

The first mile on the Ross Maxwell you know you're in a special place. The drive takes you through the Chihuahuan desert, a volcanic debris field and ends at the Rio Grande and Santa Elena Canyon. Plan on extra time because you will want to stop at every pull off and take pictures. Don't miss the Sotol Vista at sunset.... More 

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1 Thank waynewendel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Great scenery everywhere you look. You'll stop a lot to take pictures! The big payoff is you end up at Santa Elena Canyon which is wonderful!

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