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“rio grande”(109 reviews)
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Borders the western edge of Big Bend National Park.
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129
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Reviewed yesterday

Not a long hike, but a bit strenuous at the beginning then back down to the Rio Grande. We had a Mexican serenading us from the other side of the river (with a tip jar on the park side of the river). There were also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LifeAtlasTravel
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice hike a short ways into the canyon. There is a quick creek crossing and your shoes will likely get wet. After that a climb up a small bank, and then some quick switchbacks to get going. After that it is all pretty easy, and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BHartMich
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an easy hike with a small amount of incline and only about 2 miles total (If park is not closed due to government shutdown and you don't have to walk 2 miles to the parking area first. LOL). You will see amazing scenery...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rick M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I came between Christmas and New Years. We happened upon great weather. And while the park was technically closed and blocked off to drivers, there was a spot to park 2 miles from the start of the hike. We rode our mountain...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank terrigriffin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is beautiful. Amazing to see the cliffs and how one side is Mexico and the other is the US.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Kirk H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Santa Elena Canyon is my favorite thing to see in Big Bend National Park, and for good reason. It is an absolutely breathtaking slot canyon that was created by the Rio Grande River that you are able to hike into. The trail into Santa Elena...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank wanderlusttravel1280
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

very pretty great place for pictures, small easy hike to canyon!! it was muddy due to rain so take shoes that can be washed in case of rain.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Charman C
Reviewed 11 December 2018

As much as we would have liked to, we were not prepared to hike the canyon. To access the canyon you have to cross Trelingua Creek which has water up higher than your knees. The overlook was not much but down by the river was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank AJICE
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Beautiful views all the way through. The water was unusually high when I went and we had to cross some knee deep water. Might be good to bring water shoes or a towel for this one, just in case!

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank kaylak31
Reviewed 28 November 2018

Well, the scenery was beautiful and the weather in Sept. was lovely and it wasn't crowded. But, it is so far out of the way and though scenery is excellent there are more convenient parks with as good as, or better scenery and park amenities....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank William M
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10 July 2018|
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Response from Robert S | Reviewed this property |
A leisurely hour or so. We did it in early April in the morning. It di hit 100 degrees later in the day. Much of it is in the shade.
kanika m
3 October 2017|
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Response from uedc | Reviewed this property |
Developed Campgrounds The National Park Service operates three developed front country campgrounds that provide drinking water and restroom facilities. The campgrounds use self-registration and the majority of sites are... More
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