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Ok but not a must do

First off there is no bad choice in Big Bend. The four star rating means that there are must see... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
ianschneller
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Dallas, Texas
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Interesting Spot

This is a short hike to tour the remains of an old ranch. There are some ruins and interesting... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2018
655billf
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Adolphus, Kentucky
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Ross Maxwell Road, Big Bend National Park, TX
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The ranch itself is a short walk through the desert to a tiny canyon. It was quite surprising at how much lower the temperature was in there. The working wind mill pumps water that keeps the oasis alive. We saw asparagus growing as well as...More

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

We spent a few hours walking around this area and really enjoyed it. Birds everywhere, especially before the heat hits. There weren’t many people around, so you could really enjoy yourself and take your time. Neat history to this little spot, easy walk in and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First off there is no bad choice in Big Bend. The four star rating means that there are must see locations in this large park, and this isn’t one of them. However, if you have time to kill and are driving by is worth a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank ianschneller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After our breakfast, we headed into the park to knock some shorter--and hopefully less hot--hikes off our list. We headed to the half mile loop for the Sam Nail Ranch first. From a well-marked parking lot off the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive not far from...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed February 2, 2019

Easy, Short (1/2 mile round trip) Hike to a homestead established in this uncompremizing environment! There are some building remnants & two windmills. The more recent wind mill still pumps water out of the ground and pipes the water to a small wetland. Sam Nail...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Mindy and Roger A
Reviewed January 4, 2019

I enjoyed this quick hike on the side of the road. The ruins are interesting , but only a few walls remain along with a windmill and pecan tree. There is a small grove of trees that is very lead to step into. The trail...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

This is a short hike to tour the remains of an old ranch. There are some ruins and interesting flora and fauna. Worth the stop.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 655billf
Reviewed October 16, 2018

This Ranch is right of the the Maxwell Scenic Drive. You cant miss it if you keep your eyes open for the sign that identifies it.. It is a great place to walk in and sit and take in the views and see a lot...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank David C
Reviewed July 27, 2018

Loved this short walk to an old ranch with adobe house and well that is still working and making this place an oasis. The water helps the wonderful trees to grow and attracts all sorts of great birds, tanagers, chat, vireos, etc. Well worth the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Laurie M
Reviewed May 6, 2018

We stopped here after taking a longer hike & had lunch. This is a really nice place to sit & unwind. Lots of birds & shade. A great trail for families with young kids. .5 miles of easy trail. Although there's not much left of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank ccindyk48
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