Ever-changing, this 7-mile road climbs south from Chisos Basin Junction, ending at Chisos Mountains Lodge, with a spur leading to a campground. By driving into higher elevations (the heart of Big Bend), you're more likely to spot lions and bears as well as white-tailed deer amid juniper trees and pinyon pines. You'll also see lovely, red-barked Texas madrone along with some Chisos oaks and Douglas fir trees. Several roadside exhibits along the way explain the various ecosystems.
Avoid this drive if you are in an RV longer than 24 feet, because of sharp curves.
Big Bend National Park, Texas, 79834, USA