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Sam Nail Ranch

Ross Maxwell Road, Big Bend National Park, TX
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Not Many Ranch Remnants

We were hoping for a short, enjoyable trail to the remnants of the Sam Nail Ranch. The Sam Nail... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Short walk to a former ranch

You can park in the small parking area and take a short hike to the old ranch. It was an... read more

Reviewed October 23, 2017
Warrenton, Virginia
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“pecan trees” (5 reviews)
“pumping water” (5 reviews)
Ross Maxwell Road, Big Bend National Park, TX
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were hoping for a short, enjoyable trail to the remnants of the Sam Nail Ranch. The Sam Nail Ranch trail and ranch remnants did not fit either desire. The trail was through brush that blocked your views. The Remnants of the ranch was one,...More

Thank adventurer1234
Reviewed October 23, 2017

You can park in the small parking area and take a short hike to the old ranch. It was an interesting side trip on our visit to BBNP and worth a visit. You can see a few results of the place that was there many...More

Thank yellowstone1
Reviewed July 22, 2017

This is a stop on Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive- easy short hike- working windmill-- shade trees are a welcome relief from the heat- cant imagine living, working at the ranch--

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Reviewed May 15, 2017

Not much left of the old ranch except for some mud walls and a couple windmills, but still well worth the stop and the short walk to the site. One of the windmills is still pumping water which transforms the ranch site into a tree-covered...More

1  Thank Kevin N
Reviewed April 27, 2017

Very easy walk and very good for birding in morning or late evening. If you aren't birding, I don't think it's worth stopping.

1  Thank darwinmoore
Reviewed April 18, 2017

This is usually the first stop on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive (mile 3). The trail is a loop of 0.5 mi/0.8 km and takes you to the remnants of the ranch. One of the windmills is still operational! The ranch is surrounded by leafy...More

Thank pingaroo
Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

This is one of the many exhibits along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive that you should visit. There isn't much left to see and small children will be bored, but it gives you a hint of what the early settlers endured in their lives. There...More

Thank OtPot
Reviewed February 12, 2017

We made the short walk into this location to watch birds and were rewarded with some interesting species that were taking advantage of the water source. The history of the site as a ranch is also interesting.

1  Thank chazwill
Reviewed January 31, 2017

This was a very interesting side walk from the road. It was actually quite interesting to see the life of someone living there and how they accessed the water- interesting for anyone that likes birds as well.

1  Thank Duncoduncare
Reviewed January 13, 2017

Seeing the abandoned ranch and two trees they planted next to their (now non-existent) house in the desert, I find it hard to understand how anyone could think the Chihuahuan Desert would be a nice place to raise a family. These people must have been...More

1  Thank Annelise R
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