Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive is a 30.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for road biking and scenic driving and is best used from October until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

30.9 miles 2076 feet Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

road biking

scenic driving



9 months ago

1 year ago

Nice drive ending at Santa Elana Canyon. Recommend stopping at all the turnoffs along the way as there are many terrific photo opportunities.

1 year ago


scenic driving
2 years ago

scenic driving
2 years ago

There are a few trails along this road. The views are always more amazing after every turn!

3 years ago

I really enjoyed stopping and exploring all the stops along the trail. Interesting history!

scenic driving
4 years ago

One of the most beautiful drives in the park! Many trailheads are along this road.

5 years ago

I've been visiting Big Bend since 1958. This drive did not exist in the '50's. You traveled the Old Maverick road to get to Castolon & Santa Elena Canyon. The road travels to the west of the Chisos, and turns southwest to Santa Elena. Very scenic.

scenic driving
6 years ago

My partner and I did this drive in May and July of 2009. The sky was cloudless and blue on the first visit, and there was a brief but cool storm the second time. It's mostly Chisos Basin views and rolling hills covered in desert shrubbery and sotol, but there are many unique points of interest along the way with info plaques on geology and history. There are also shorter walking trails spread out along the drive, as well as Santa Elena Canyon in the southwest corner of the park. The drive was a nice, clean, and pleasantly people-sparse break from the heavy hiking available in the Basin.