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 nature trips, road biking, and scenic driving and is best used from October until March.

Distance: 30.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,725 feet Route Type: Point to Point

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

paved

river

views

historic site

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty drive around the park. Saw lots of good scenery and the flowers were blooming which was nice.

hiking
11 months ago

One of the most beautiful drives you will take (though all the park is beautiful). Lots of opportunities to hit offshoot hiking trails or stop for overlooks and information boards. Castolon is currently in a state of disrepair due to being burned in a wildfire.

scenic driving
Thu May 30 2019

Beautiful drive at dusk!

Tue May 21 2019

So pretty! look for the Batman Mountain!

Sun Apr 07 2019

Very nice scenery, fairly easy drive.

hiking
Sun Feb 24 2019

This rating isn't for the drive itself, though it's every bit as scenic as you'd imagine it is, but for the numerous off-trail hike opportunities lining the road. One such spot is my absolute favorite in the whole park, Cerro Castellan, which is just north of Castolon. If you're willing to make the somewhat sketchy hike (on incredibly loose footing) up to the base of the actual rock formation, the area and the view will take your breath away...

scenic driving
Sun Feb 10 2019

Must do if you’re in the park

hiking
Mon Jan 07 2019

Great paved main road through many of the western Big Bend areas. Multiple opportunities to get out and hike great short and longer trails depending on your level of comfort. All signs are well marked and descriptions are good. Unfortunately the road was closed at the Cottonwood area due to government shutdown but we still spent close to six hours exploring.

scenic driving
Thu Dec 06 2018

Nice drive with lots of places to pull off and explore

hiking
Sat Oct 06 2018

A nice, quiet drive, but the low speed limit throughout the park makes this a half to full day venture.

Sat Sep 01 2018

Although it’s not a hike, the drive is spectacular!

scenic driving
Wed May 09 2018

Our favorite scenic drive in the park! Loved it!

Fri Apr 06 2018

Beautiful drive to make when you first enter the park.

scenic driving
Thu Jan 04 2018

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

scenic driving
Wed Jan 03 2018

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.

Wed Mar 29 2017

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

Wed Jul 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.

Wed Jul 29 2015

Pretty

scenic driving
Mon Jun 30 2014

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

Sun Jan 19 2014

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

scenic driving
Sat Apr 14 2012

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

Sat Mar 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
Mon Feb 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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