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Fantastic scenery along this route through Big Bend National Park. There are viewing areas along the route but I wish there were more places to stop. Various trails you can go off to along the way. Highly recommend
The drive was nice especially since we had my mother with us. She is unable to walk long distances and with the drive she was able to experience a lot more. The only thing that bothered me was there were not many places to pull...More
This was a great trip after fixing our flat tire. It is a long drive but when you d et over around mountains it takes time. The elevation change is 2000-2500 feet on the trip. It was amazing to see the sudden change in green...More
The scenic ride on the paved Ross Maxwell road is pure pleasure. Everywhere you looked were buttes and mesas and purple tinged cacti. There were pull-off spots for photo opps and others led to hiking trails. At the end of the road was the Santa...More
This is a must do drive in Big Bend. How long you spend depends on your interests and your ability and time available to do the hikes to the nearby scenic attractions.
Here is a list of some of the main attractions I recommend (starting...More
There are 4 scenic drives at Big Bend & we took them all. This one was definitely our favorite. Imagine Monument Valley, Capital Reef & Grand Canyon all rolled into 30 miles. It's just amazing.
Stop at Sam Nail's Ranch. There's another ranch we didn't...More
As everyone says Santa Elena Canyon is stunning. One place we found interesting is the Burro Mesa Pouroff. At the end of the trail is a towering waterfall that is usually dry but still very impressive. It also has lots of shade in the first...More
This is the drive from the main East-West road down to Santa Elena Canyon. It is also the prettiest drive in the park with lots of places you will want to stop for photos. Plenty of rock formations and blooming cactus (in April). You pass...More
We hit the Park around 7 a.m. We drove only on the paved roads, of which there are plenty. We stopped along the way and took plenty of time photographing the scenery - especially the view across the Rio Grande (and the... More
We hit the Park around 7 a.m. We drove only on the paved roads, of which there are plenty. We stopped along the way and took plenty of time photographing the scenery - especially the view across the Rio Grande (and the folks coming and going both ways across the river). We did not mingle the routes - finished one before starting another. We finished up with the Canyon drive because it was nearest our outlet back to Alpine. Truly it is not a hard day. We finished up by about 5 p.m. and had seen what we wanted to see.