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
1732 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

road biking

scenic driving



historic site

scenic driving
16 days ago

Nice scenic route on a paved road that takes you past several old abandoned ranches

scenic driving
16 days ago

The paved route takes you through the core of Big Bend NP to numerous trailheads and scenic overlooks. It is a must do to get a good taste of the area.

9 months ago

Excellent drive. My dogs were pretty tired of the car by the time we got home.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


scenic driving
Monday, June 30, 2014

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

Sunday, January 19, 2014

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

scenic driving
Saturday, April 14, 2012

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

Saturday, March 03, 2012

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
Monday, February 21, 2011

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.

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Saturday, November 08, 2014