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Santa Elena Canyon

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Very beautiful canyon on the border with Mexico.Very high canyon walls and the Rio Grande flowing... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
sabimax
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El Paso, Texas
Awesome scenery

Great views of Rio Grande River-saw several people in rafts- many places to stop and have photo... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
barbiewalker72
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Lake Wales, Florida
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Borders the western edge of Big Bend National Park.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very beautiful canyon on the border with Mexico.Very high canyon walls and the Rio Grande flowing in the middle.

Thank sabimax
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great views of Rio Grande River-saw several people in rafts- many places to stop and have photo opportunities

Thank barbiewalker72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Santa Elena canyon was my top choice in Big Bend Park. At the entrance of park, we paid 25 $ (valid for a week, there is no daily fee). My visit was in early July an I arrived there at 2 pm and the weather...More

Thank Saeid A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really amazing scenery - getting through the river part is pretty tricky though - really wish the National Parks Service would improve this part of the trail! If you can get across the creek/through the grass and shrub/river bank on the other side you'll be...More

Thank natalie m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our group of friends were not equipped for long hikes on this particular adventure but still opted to take in the beauty and serenity of this portion of Big Bend. Thanks to Ranger Lavender and other patrons at Panther Junction Station we were adequately apprised...More

Thank William D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pictures provided online do this place no justice at all. This hike is less than 2 miles round trip but there is a good amount of up hill climbing as you get into the canyon. So, it's not for everyone. We did this in...More

Thank Abrookeshelton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place at the end of a long ride. The river snakes through the high walled canyon in a peaceful way. This is how the boarder should be. Beautiful on all sides without some artificial barrier, and open to all to enjoy if you can...More

Thank Rick R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful walk but you have to like steps and handle a steep drop off. You start by going up a bank of a creek to get to the path. Follow path to the canyon wall and proceed up paved steps while passing fossil rich limestone....More

Thank Louis M
Reviewed 21 June 2017

If you are at Big Bend NP, you must take the hike to this canyon. At first it's a little tricky because the path is not well defined at the dry river crossing, but once you get across, It is about 3 miles round trip...More

Thank JuanOquendo
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

The Santa Elena Canyon Trail is a must see during your Big Bend trip. Located at the Southern end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive near Castalon. The trail starts from the parking lot and bathrooms are also available. Mexico is across the river but...More

Thank Back4morefun
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mamaraines
15 April 2017|
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Response from JulieCirlin | Reviewed this property |
Be sure and drive up to Sotol overlook. Also, if possible, you might look into using some local outfitters. Flying over the park or floating the river or taking a jeep ride might yield the best views for you. Finally, YES... More
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Jim K
11 March 2017|
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Response from JulieCirlin | Reviewed this property |
Just want to add to the response above, that bears frequent the area and cougars too. All National Parks have these rules. If you want to hike with dogs, look at State Parks.
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