Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park

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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  • One can see the entrance to the canyon from a long way off. That increases the anticipation. The high canyon walls along the river in Mexico can be seen from a distance also. The short trail leads to ...  more »
  • If you are scared of heights, this hike might not be the right fit. there is no real railing when going up and down. it was so surprisingly beautiful. Probably my favorite hike in the park. It gets co...  more »
  • The Santa Elena Canyon was one of our first stops at Big Bend National Park. The iconic view of the huge cliffs being cut through by the mighty Rio Grande had been on our bucket list. It did not disap...  more »
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  • Wonderful way for people & whole families to spend an afternoon. If you're not exactly young & fit, don't be put off by the somewhat steep climb at the start — roughly equivalent to climbing 6-7 flights of stairs, but with beautiful vistas of the vertical canyon walls and back into the park. The rest of the trail is a comparatively easy walk on a slight incline back down toward the river then following along its bank to the end of the trail, which is well worth it for the many gorgeous views. Even young children handle this trail well, though you really gotta keep an eye on them — hold their little hands, as they tend to get really amped up by it all!!
  • Beautiful, but busy, lots of other people on this trail
  • Short, easy hike but dangerous climb up to the canyon floor. It is a great adventure and well worth the effort.
  • Beautiful and unique!
  • Beautiful place. Try checking out the place in the day and at night. Picture shows me flying a Batman kite at the place.
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