Explore the most popular historic site trails near Big Bend National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice to drift

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

scenic driving
5 months ago

Our favorite scenic drive in the park! Loved it!

Beautiful drive to make when you first enter the park.

backpacking
9 months ago

The trail is less scenic than many in Big Bend. Has demanding elevation changes. Homer ranch homestead a nice stop.

hiking
9 months ago

Short trail to an old abandoned ranch. Old cement water trough and fences nearby

backpacking
9 months ago

trail in a very dry area with many elevation changes. Deceptively grueling

scenic driving
9 months ago

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

backpacking
9 months ago

A varied hike through the desert floor, over a mountain , through a dry river bed or drainage and ending at a historic ranch.

hiking
9 months ago

Rated 4 stars for the history. Simple hike down to the valley floor to an old homestead. Always fascinating to get a glimpse of pioneer life. In this case, not that long ago. The hike will be harder for some because of the steep climb back out, but really doable by most.

scenic driving
9 months 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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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

Pretty

hiking
Friday, November 07, 2014

This trail is part of the Blue creek trail, and the Dodson trail. It goes now a hill to an old ranch house that can be seen from the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. If you are short on time, and don't want the do the Blue Creek or the Dobson trails. The hill you descend is not bad as you ascend on the return trip.

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!

hiking
Saturday, April 14, 2012

This is a rugged trail through the Sierra Quemada, the foothills coming off the Chisos Mountains. This trail is 11.9 miles from the trail head at the end of Juniper Canyon road to the Homer Wilson Ranch House. One can find scenic views of Elephant Tusk and the South Rim. There is usually water at Fresno Spring. One finds evidence of past ranching efforts. The Sotol Grassland is spectacular! You will most likely encounter NO ONE on this hike.

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.

hiking
5 months ago

scenic driving
7 months ago

scenic driving
10 months ago

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

on Dodson Trail

Thursday, December 01, 2016

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