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Big Bend National Park Sights

Santa Elena Canyon

  • Geological Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 08/31/2013

Fodor's Review

The finale of a short but vigorous hike (1.7 miles round-trip) over a steep slope is a spectacular view of the Rio Grande and sheer cliffs that rise 1,500 feet to create a natural box. Summer can feel like a sauna, but you might have the place to yourself.

Sight Information


30 mi southwest of Santa Elena Junction via Ross Maxwell Scenic Dr.; 14 mi southwest of Rte. 118 via Old Maverick Rd., Big Bend National Park, Texas, 79834, United States


Updated 08/31/2013


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