Big Bend National Park Travel Guide

Big Bend National Park Sights

Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

  • Historic District/Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

Although it extends only 30 miles, you can easily spend a full day on this aptly named route admiring the views, visiting historic sites, taking short hikes, and getting a Big Bend education. There are scenic overlooks, a backside perspective of the Chisos Mountains, plenty of exhibits, and the ruins of old homesteads. If you don't mind a little grate in your gait from the gravel that blankets the road, you can make this drive a loop by reconnecting with Highway 118 from Santa Elena Canyon via unpaved Old Maverick Road for 12.8 miles. If you're in an RV or a low-clearance car, don't even attempt Old Maverick Road. The road isn't paved and is rough going in some spots.

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Big Bend National Park, Texas, 79834, USA


Published 05/04/2017


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