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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX

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Must do drive to Santa Elena Canyon, several places to stop on the way to see some great scenery. There is a small store before the Canyon, no gas so be sure and have a full tank

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Orange, Texas
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Orange, Texas
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Must do drive to Santa Elena Canyon, several places to stop on the way to see some great scenery. There is a small store before the Canyon, no gas so be sure and have a full tank

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful views. Like being on another planet most of the time. Nice short hikes along the way we're easy even in the heat.

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I started my drive through the park at around 930am and by the time I had made it Santa Elana Canyon at 3pm I felt like I had driven 100 miles. (Actually I think I drive about 87 miles). So many stops and views of the topography if this park made for an amazing day trip exploring part of this... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got into the park at 6am and drove down to Santa Elena Canyon on this scenic drive during sunrise. The sun going over the mountains and the desert landscape was beautiful! Then we drove back during daylight, which gave us another view of landscape. The lighting really changes what you see. There are many stop offs for overlooks and... More 

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Thank Lieu H
California
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took this 30-mile drive as part of my agenda for covering Big Bend in approx. 2.5 days. The primary reason was to get to Santa Elena Canyon but the drive itself is worth it to get a nice overview of the desert environment. I recommend the following: I walked around Sam Nail Ranch, hiked to the Lower Burro Mesa... More 

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Gladewater, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

there is so much to see, on this drive. if you can only do one thing, do this drive. you can pull over and see things, without a big hike. you end up at santa elena canyon.

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Northbrook, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This is one of the main roads in the park and offers many scenic views and vistas. We took the road to St Elena Canyon which was one of the highlights of our visit. There are many different trails of varying lengths which are available from this drive. We saw jack rabbits and roadrunners. Great opportunities for photos.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We drove from Chisos Basin campground to Santa Elena Canyon via the Ross Maxwell scenic drive. It was a really nice drive with some great places to stop and enjoy the scenery.

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McAllen, Texas
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

This is the only one we had time we could do during a weekend stay at the Big Bend area. It took us 1 hr from the Castelon sign turning right from the main road , on a paved road if you don't stop on any of the overlooks or viewpoints. The hotel person told us that the Maverick Rd... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive is well worth it... great views and places to take some amazing photos... recomended

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