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Fun, beautiful drive with lots of stops along the way

This was a great scenic drive and there were a lot of places to stop to take in the view, go hiking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Beautiful Scenery, Expansive Sky, Lots of Places To Stop

Drive, about 30 miles, to Santa Elena Canyon. Lots of cut offs and places to stop on the way... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great scenic drive and there were a lot of places to stop to take in the view, go hiking etc. It will take you all the way to Santa Elena.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drive, about 30 miles, to Santa Elena Canyon. Lots of cut offs and places to stop on the way. Absolutely must go to Santa Elena Canyon and walk all the way in. Amazing.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CharlieinTexas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this drive will take you to Santa Elena canyon and is is stunning! great pictures can be taken on this very scenic drive. not a hard road to navigate however is does have some turns but not bad.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Charman C
Reviewed December 11, 2018

The Scenic Drive was exceptional. It was very long since we were based at Marathon but well worth it. There are tons of places to stop for photos but the best on is the viewing point at the top of the mountain.

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed December 1, 2018

Ever changing views and rock formations over every hill and around every curve. There were plenty of places to pull over to take pictures and to just soak in all the beauty.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mpboyington
Reviewed November 27, 2018

Great road for the scenery, just take your time and enjoy it. We pulled over and hiked the Mule Ears Spring Trail and then down to Santa Elena Canyon. Recommend this drive.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LoBommer
Reviewed November 25, 2018

This is a 30 miles drive from the Maverick Road to Santa Elena Canyon. Views are super and with numerous look outs. Go slow as there are numerous curves. Must see in Big Bend National Park.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rsawh78298
Reviewed November 20, 2018

Took a beautiful drive around Big Bend and yes we took a maintained dirt road so be prepared. We did fine with our Subaru but it was clear the car behind us had to turn back. Views are fantastic and well worth it

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ron B
Reviewed November 17, 2018

Be sure to stop at the Castalon Visitor Center to see the old Army outpost. Lots of views of deserted ranches, the desert and mountains.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RetiredUSAF_12
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

There are no disappointing scenic drives in Big Bend. Ross Maxwell skirts the Western Chisos Range and leads to the Castolon Historic District and Santa Elena Canyon. Beautiful drive!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Robert S
January 9, 2018|
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Response from yellowstone1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is. We saw a number of them on our drive.
Travel Forum Posts
Daniel Y
Spokane, Washington
Oct. 27-Nov. 1 Trip Report (8 Replies)
Hi all, I want to thank the regular posters for your input and guidance on my travel plan. Everything went well on a very ambitious itinerary. Oct. 27 - arrival at MAF 8pm, drove to Fort Stockton for lodging and buying supplies at Walmart. Oct. 28 - Fort Stockton to Chisos Basin - hiked Lost Mines then Window Pour-off, checked in at Chisos Mt. Lodge. Oct. 29 - hiked South Rim + Emory Peak Oct. 30 - checked out of Lodge, drove Ross Maxwell Scenic drive - visited Burro Mesa Pouroff,...More
November 03, 2015|
Response fromOLDIESGUY|
Sounds like a great vacation in such beautiful places glad you had a great time.
Scott W
Peachtree City, Georgia
Big Bend 1.5ish day itinerary check & questions (7 Replies)
I'm planning an 8-day trip to the region arriving in El Paso 4/3 (Fri) and departing the following Fri. I'm a dad with 2 girls ages 9 & 7. Itinerary and questions follow: Day 1: El Paso -> Big Bend via Hwy 170 from Presidio, Panther Junction VC, Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, Santa Elena Canyon hike, dinner and lodging in Terlingua Day 2: Lost Mine Trail (cutting off at Marker 10 in all likelihood), lunch at Chisos Mtn Lodge, Boquillas crossing and early dinner in Mexico, Hot springs,...More
January 17, 2015|
Response fromTxOffWeGo|
Have read your post on the Road Trips forum as well. Re the crossing in Big Bend--some folks on the forum have done that since it reopened; hopefully they will be along to comment. Within the last 10 days or so a columnist for the Houston Chronicle named Joe Holley did a story which had a bit about returning to the US side of the crossing. According to him, on that day the process was to scan your passport at a kiosk and then talk by phone with a Border Patrol agent in El Paso. There were...More
Austin TX
Do-able one day plan? (6 Replies)
I'll be in Big Bend for one day and am looking for feedback on our plan for the day. We'd like to get up early and make it to the park to drive the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive first thing and then hike Santa Elena Canyon. Then, we plan to drive back up to the basin, eat at Chisos Mountain Lodge and do the Lost Mine and Window View trails. We're staying in Marfa for the night, so then we'll go back up 118 and out of the park, maybe stopping in Terlingua for a bit. Is all of this do-able in day...More
October 28, 2013|
Response fromGene T|
Are you trying for the Guiness Book of Records on speed sightseeing? First, remember that it's getting light later and dark earlier each day (not sure when you're going). Second, if you're rushing, you're going to miss a lot of the beauty of the park. I'm not sure what time you can actually enter the park, but that will have some effect on your plans. I'm not going to say it can't be done, but I'd recommend taking two days so that you really have time to enjoy everything. Have a great...More