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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  • Scenery like out of a movie! Glad there was more hiking to be done on that side of park bc this is a very short mile.  more »
  • This was the most amazing thing I saw at Big Bend. From the parking lot you walk 5 minutes and you are at the entrance to the canyon. (the trail not the observation stand) You have to cross the river ...  more »
  • Worth every step! From the parking area, follow the wooden mats to crossing—beware that you could get stuck in mud! Park people lay down branches when it’s muddy, but be careful and bring walking stic...  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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