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Santa Elena Canyon

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Beautiful Canyon

We were there in mid-April and although the temperature hit 100 later in the day, it was fairly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Robert S
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Westbury, New York
Beautiful

Considering how hot it was the visit to the canyon was worth it! It was so easy to get to with... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
mayost12
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Ravenna, Ohio
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Borders the western edge of Big Bend National Park.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good16%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“the river” (141 reviews)
“rio grande” (103 reviews)
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Big Bend National Park, TX
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were there in mid-April and although the temperature hit 100 later in the day, it was fairly cool in the morning shade. It is a short and relatively easy hike. It is well worth it. The canyon is narrow and beautiful. Watch for the...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Considering how hot it was the visit to the canyon was worth it! It was so easy to get to with amazing sights along the way. My youngest was fascinated by skipping rocks in the river. You don’t have to be a hiker to enjoy...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in June and it was HOT! We did all our hiking in the mornings so it was bearable. Once we made the slow, long drive to the canyon we found it was a very small hike to the canyon. It was beautiful! We...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In spite of heat was interesting Quite beautiful but would not suggest trip in may Scenery repetitive to uninformed visitor from the north Would recommend coming anytime other than summer

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fairly easy hike and the views at the end are totally worth it! A must-do for anyone venturing into Big Bend National Park.

Thank darewhee
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you only get to see one thing in Big Bend, make it this. The views are impressive. The canyon is amazing. Makes for some great photos.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit while in Big Bend. It is a bit of a distance from the lodge, if you are staying there, but the drive is very scenic. There is a small carpark then a short walk to the stairs, then...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Bit of a hot day (110) but down in the Rio Grande it was much cooler. Water was low and we hiked a mile up the river. Beautiful views! Can't wait to do it again next year.

Thank David j
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

Loved Santa Elena Canyon. Remember to bring your water shoes and a small backpack so you can hike way back into the canyon if the water levels are low enough.

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

At the end of a long drive, the view was spectacular. I was glad we had a breeze when we were there. 102 is hot even when there is a breeze.

Thank Dan B
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kanika m
4 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
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mamaraines
16 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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