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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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Nice scenic drive with interesting stops along the way

We traveled the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive while visiting Big Bend NP with our kids (11, 9, 5). You can enter the Road via 2 ways, from main park road (118) or from Santa Elena... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We traveled the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive while visiting Big Bend NP with our kids (11, 9, 5). You can enter the Road via 2 ways, from main park road (118) or from Santa Elena Canyon from Old Maverick Road. We chose to take Old Maverick Road down to Santa Elena Canyon and then take the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive... More 

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Poplarville, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Second only to the Chisos Basin. Beautiful views along the drive. Many short and long hikes. I was pleasantly surprised that Big Bend was this scenic.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time visit. Well worth the 700 mile trip! You'll experience scenery that you'd never think is available in Texas! The overlooks are breathtaking. Don't miss the drive down to Santa Elena Canyon and Boquillas Canyon. Due to other commitments, we spent only one day but still were able to drive the entire paved road system. It's not that hard... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

This is a fascinating drive through wild, rugged and beautiful country. Take your time and enjoy the views, the geology and the history. There are multiple exhibits along the route. You can make a stop in Castillon and Check our the visitor center and the General Store before you head on down to Santa Elena Canyon.

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Pearland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is the only way via paved road to get to Santa Elena canyon; it is long but beautiful. There are a number of scenic overlook spots that are worth taking a few minutes to enjoy, and numerous trailheads off of the drive if interested. This takes you to the Castolon visitor center (beers are $2 and they are local... More 

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Fortunately, we had the truck (4-wheel dually) for this drive. There had been considerable rain a couple of weeks previously and in places the road was still damp, areas were washed out and the tracks were deep. But the trip was worth it! Juan's adobe is amazing - that that valley was farmed and a family raised in that tiny... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful way to see this area. There are numerous places to stop and hike if you want and while Castalon was not open as we expected, the bathrooms were clean and this is a nice place to picnic as is the Santa Elena overlook spot. Highly recommended.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

I want to go on this drive again. We rode up to the Santa Elena Canyon and stopped at the visitors center on the way. It was a nice refreshing stop. Such stunning views on the entire drive. I highly recommend it when you are in the area.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

If you are looking for a good views of Big Bend without having to hike or camp then the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive and the Sotol Overlook are a good way to go. It is a pretty drive the rises up and gives great views of the Chisos Mountains. I don't think the views are as good as what you... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

It was a long drive ..but the road never failed us ...the views constantly changing and did the vegetation the views ect ..We took the most amazing pics on this drive ...make sure to stop at the couple of old buildings along the way and at the visitors center in the old military base ...rest rooms were very clean ...no... More 

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