Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park

Santa Elena Canyon is located in Big Bend National Park. To visit Santa Elena Canyon on your holiday in Big Bend National Park, and find out what else Big Bend National Park has to offer, use our Big Bend National Park day trip planning tool .
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  • We were there in mid-April and although the temperature hit 100 later in the day, it was fairly cool in the morning shade. It is a short and relatively easy hike. It is well worth it. The canyon is na...  more »
  • Considering how hot it was the visit to the canyon was worth it! It was so easy to get to with amazing sights along the way. My youngest was fascinated by skipping rocks in the river. You don’t have t...  more »
  • We visited in June and it was HOT! We did all our hiking in the mornings so it was bearable. Once we made the slow, long drive to the canyon we found it was a very small hike to the canyon. It was bea...  more »
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  • Wonderful way for people & whole families to spend an afternoon. If you're not exactly young & fit, don't be put off by the somewhat steep climb at the start — roughly equivalent to climbing 6-7 flights of stairs, but with beautiful vistas of the vertical canyon walls and back into the park. The rest of the trail is a comparatively easy walk on a slight incline back down toward the river then following along its bank to the end of the trail, which is well worth it for the many gorgeous views. Even young children handle this trail well, though you really gotta keep an eye on them — hold their little hands, as they tend to get really amped up by it all!!
  • Short, easy hike but dangerous climb up to the canyon floor. It is a great adventure and well worth the effort.
  • Beautiful, but busy, lots of other people on this trail
  • Really awesome place
  • Beautiful and unique!

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