Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park

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Santa Elena Canyon is located in Big Bend National Park. To visit Santa Elena Canyon on your holiday in Big Bend National Park, and find out what else Big Bend National Park has to offer, use our Big Bend National Park day trip planning tool .
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  • October 3, 2017
    Come to the Big Bend, this is a must. Have had people coming by car only entrance will go back just one 45-minute trail so always read through the Canyon. Canyon Cliff impartial to both sides is great in a mysterious atmosphere. I think only the first steep climb, but after the road along the River Promenade level anyone can go. Has become shade all day and went to mid-September, but beneath the blazing sun over 35 ° C's first rock climbing is tough, but go into the Canyon and was resurrected. Is necessary due to call in the night before, the dry river trail entrance sludgy swamp becomes like walking, choosing inland a bit, which is pretty great. Witnessed the miserable couple actually slipped from the Bank plunged into the swamp, became a general mud-free condition. Even the day before, watch out for rain. Pretty well-maintained trails, though this first River just over the hurdle provided a horrific after rain. But still worth and of scenic trails.
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  • October 1, 2017
    This is about as remote as it gets folks. Oh there are a few others too but this is cool! River can be high or low so be careful and take a hike across and up for a fantastic view of where you came fr...  more »
  • September 19, 2017
    Unfortunately the river was very high so we could not take the trail right into the canyon. However the views of the tremendous cliffs and the perpendicular split of the canyon right through them was ...  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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