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The Highlight of the Park

The Santa Elena Canyon for me was the high point of our visit to Big Bend NP. The drive up to the... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2021
InTheMomentManhattan
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New York City, New York
Get into this canyon!

Great short hike into a stunning area. Don't let the short creek crossing stop you from getting... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2021
babobear1
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Stateline, Nevada
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Reviewed 18 May 2021 via mobile

Words cannot describe how awesome this canyon is. On one side is a sheer mountainside at least 200 feet straight up! The Rio Grande runs through this canyon - one side on the US and one side on Mexican soil.

The hike to get to the base of the trail is about .8 miles. There is a quite an ascent and descent - about 250 feet - and it’s hot out there this time of year! It was 98 when we got back to out car!

So take lots of sunscreen and lots of water!

Your reward is a spectacular view through the canyon and a chance to stand in the Rio Grande! So worth it!

Date of experience: May 2021
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Reviewed 17 May 2021

A nice two mile round trip hike into the canyon. There is about two hundred feet of elevation drop and gain there and back. The paths are a combination of cement or gravel. This is not a hike for a challenged person. You can see the river along the way as it leads you into the canyon. There is bamboo growing all along the way. Take plenty of water, there is no wind in the canyon and it gets hot. You can take off your shoes and walk up river at the trails end.

Date of experience: May 2021
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Reviewed 10 May 2021 via mobile

Despite no water in the canyon today... the area was fun to explore. Loved gazing at the mountains for hours. I also loved touching the water of the Rio Grande. Just a wonderful outdoor experience!!!

Date of experience: May 2021
Thank CathyP1953
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Reviewed 2 May 2021

This experience must be one of the top 3 things in the park that you must do. Very much enjoyed it. Wade down river a little beyond the trail's end is available. We were not prepared for that.

Date of experience: April 2021
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Reviewed 29 April 2021

This reminded me a little of the Narrows in Zion. Be sure and take waterproof shoes, and wear clothes that can get wet - I think the most spectacular part is lazily walking through the river. As you get away from the land trail, the walls of the mesa become more and more spectacular. It is great to be in the river and look up and see the tall towering walls surrounding you. It is even cooler to think that you are stepping on both the US and Mexico, as you gaze up! It is very cool, and makes the long trek to get there, all worth it!

Date of experience: April 2021
Thank Sondra W
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