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Santa Elena Canyon

A gorgeous place to visit.Unfortunately,due to recent rains,Terlingua Creek was impassable so we could not go much further.


Santa Elena Canyon is one of the best-known natural features in Big Bend National Park. A short nature trail enters its shady depths, 8 miles west of Castolon, accessible by either Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive or the Old Maverick Road.


The nature trail crosses Terlingua Creek, climbs several flights of ramps and stairs and then descends into the canyon along the Rio Grande. At this point the canyon walls loom over 1500 feet above the river below. During the rainy season, Terlingua Creek can flood and make access difficult, so it is a good idea to check with Park Rangers for current conditions.


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Taken on September 23, 2010