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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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Long scenic drive. This is the road that you take to Santa Elena Canyon if you want to avoid the dirt road (recommended if your vehicle isn't made for it). Look out for the Oak... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Long scenic drive. This is the road that you take to Santa Elena Canyon if you want to avoid the dirt road (recommended if your vehicle isn't made for it). Look out for the Oak Spring Trail along here to get to the windows

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful drive for which the name is does not understate. There are lots of pull offs to take pictures of the scenic vistas and mountains. I was headed to Santa Elena Canyon and another reviewer suggested getting to the canyon first and take pictures (and your time) coming back. This proved a great way to make the return trip... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We vacationed in Big Bend National Park on a drive from Houston and the Scenic Drive was a highlight, that and lodging at a dude ranch outlying Big Bend. You'll want to take your time on the Drive as the views are spectacular culminating the crown jewel which is the Santa Elena Canyon. It is stunning testimony to the marvels... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan to spend at least a whole day on the drive and take advantage of the many stops along the way. The drive ends at the incredible Santa Elena Canyon. Without stops the drive takes about 60-90 minutes from Panther Junction. We only had half of a day, so we have already made it a top priority to spend a... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We started this drive early one day as it was going to be another scorcher in October. It really is an awesome drive with so much gorgeous scenery. There are big rocky mountains, desert, and canyons. There are several places to stop along the way to hike or enjoy the views even more. We stopped at the Castolon Visitors Center... More 

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive is a 30 mile (48k) long, paved road on the west side of the park that was designed to connect many of the best geological and historical features of Big Bend National Park and is a must do for any visitor to the park. Staring in the north, at its Junction with Panther Junction Road,... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful drive with many opportunities to pull over and look at the scenery or take hikes. We took several hours to make the drive, and we would do it again. Spectacular scenery.

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Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed this scenic drive. We stopped at several overlooks and to do the "Mule Ears Spring" hike. The "Santa Elena Canyon" hike is at the end of this drive, and it was also excellent. Definitely worth your time.

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Blanco, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you only have one day do this drive! Of course the canyon at the end is the highlight. Nice drive with lots of trails and interesting things to see along the way. Towards the end is a visitor center with restrooms. They do close at 5 p.m.

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

Take a couple hours and drive along the road from chisos basin down to Mexico. Stop at mutiple outlooks and hikes

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