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“Most Beautiful spot in this beautiful Big Bend National Park”
Review of Santa Elena Canyon

Santa Elena Canyon
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Owner description: Borders the western edge of Big Bend National Park.
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Most Beautiful spot in this beautiful Big Bend National Park”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Don't miss the short but a little strenuous hike into the Santa Elena Canyon. The views of the Santa Elena's high walls and the Rio Grande are spectacular.

Visited April 2014
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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“Worth the drive”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

It is fun to view the massive canyon carved by the river. I recommend taking the 1.7 mile walk into the canyon to get a good feeling for it. We really enjoyed it and wished that we had eaten our lunch there. Take water as it can get really hot.

Visited April 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“Don't miss a visit to the side of the park”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

When you're in the park, don't forget to visit the east side of the park. Santa Elena Canyon offers a great hike and the campground, general store and visitor's center are there for your use. Much less crowded than other areas of the park...not that the park is crowded at all.

Visited March 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“You have to make time in your trip to see Santa Elena”
Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

The canyon is beautiful and massive and can be seen from over 30 miles away. Hike is only 1.7 miles round trip but it is steep at the beginning and can be narrow. Sheer canyon walls are up to 1500 ft and canyon is narrow at the bottom. It was shady in the afternoon in the canyon. And the drive down on the Ross Maxwell scenic drive is nice with several interesting pull-offs. One of the highlights of our trip.

Visited March 2014
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Sugar Land, Texas
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26 reviews
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“Last minute walk”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

We wanted to get one more little walk/hike in before we headed back to Houston. Granted, this was the opposite direction and for sure added several hours to our trip home, it was GORGEOUS. Completely worth it. Next time, I want to spend a day there, with lunch, a book, and binoculars for bird watching.

Visited March 2014
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