Santa Elena Canyon Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Terlingua, TX that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
This trail begins at the end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Although a short trail, it is one of the grandest spectacles in the park. After crossing Terlingua Creek, the trail climbs several short switchbacks and then gradually descends along the banks of the Rio Grande. Hikers are surrounded by lush riparian vegetation and 1,500-foot towering vertical cliffs of solid limestone. The trail ends where canyon walls meet the river. Take a lunch and enjoy the scene. Note: Following rains, flash floods, or periods of high water, Terlingua creek can be impassable, effectively closing the trail.
Superb trail along the river and canyon. Spectacular views. Best visited in the spring.
Absolutely beautiful. Lots of people, but we went over Spring Break. Very easy hike.
The most beautiful scenery in the canyon! It was not a strenuous hike and almost gave it a four but you just don't see nature like this anywhere. The side canyon walls are buffeted by the Rio Grande river softly washing over the walls. Picture book scenery.
Take your kayak and paddle in some. Stinky but awesome views.
You can dip your toes in the Rio Grande and then hike into lush greenery and bamboo along the bank and at the base of dramatic cliff drops.
Incredible views abound on this short, easy trail in Big Bend. Santa Elena canyon is narrow with towering walls. Due to the rock layers, once you are in the canyon, the Rio Grande looks to be flowing uphill. Being enveloped in this canyon is a humbling experience. Just stunning!
Gorgeous! 8yo and 5yo begged to go back each day we were around Big Bend! They loved the walk itself, touching the river, climbing on the boulders and hearing their voices echo (sorry, other hikers!).
Fun hike! Great for family. Beautiful views and easy to follow trail. A little too short but still very fun.
Easy hike with a finishing great view of the Canyon.
Awesome! Definitely worth it!
Santa Elena is my most favorite canyon of all... A very special and desolate place.
Hike is short and in the shade. Canyon is magnificent.