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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, Big Bend National Park

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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive is located in Big Bend National Park. Use our Big Bend National Park family vacation planner to arrange your visit to Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive and other attractions in Big Bend National Park.
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  • Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive-- is about 25-30 miles on 2 lane road around the park--many places to stop- get beautiful pictures,short/longer hikes-- signs to know what you are seeing, go at your own pace...  more »
  • Tons of things to see along the Ross Maxwell Drive (named after a former head of Bureau of Econ Geology at UT). Maxwell wrote a long monograph on the drive that is widely available. Makes the trip muc...  more »
  • We stayed the night at the Chisos Mountain lodge and drove the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive down to the Santa Elena Canyon. It was July so it was too hot to do too much outside. This drive is a great way...  more »

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Where to stay in Big Bend National Park

To spend the night in Big Bend National Park, pitch your tent in one of three developed campgrounds or bunk down in one of the rooms or cottages at the Chisos Mountains Lodge. Of the three campgrounds, Chisos Basin, known for colorful mountain sunsets, is easiest to reach. Rio Grande Village and Cottonwood, however, provide scenic settings of their own along the Rio Grande River. A few motels lie just outside the park, but options are limited. If you need a broader range of choices, consider staying in Marfa, a two-hour drive north of the heart of the park.
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