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greenBlue Santa Elena Canyon Trail

Trail

0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 502' 153 m
Descent: -100' -30 m
High: 2,639' 804 m
Low: 2,159' 658 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 84% (40°)

Dogs

No Dogs
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Trail shared by Hunter R

A quick jaunt through spectacular Santa Elena Canyon.

Hunter R

Features River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly Gorgeous canyon views and a manageable length make this a wonderful option for families with children.

Description

Travel along the Santa Elena Canyon Trail for an awe inspiring experience amidst the sheer walls of Santa Elena Canyon and the verdant green waters of the Rio Grande.

Starting at the Santa Elena Canyon Trail Parking Area, head east across Terlingua Creek and up the paved steps to a midpoint along the canyon wall. Atop the trail's crest, stop at the walled viewpoint to take in spectacular views of the canyon stretching out before you, before descending gently on dirt-treaded singletrack to the trail's end where the canyon walls meet the river.

Be sure to bring plenty of water with you on trail, as Big Bend's arid climate can quickly dehydrate even the most seasoned hiker.

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Apr 21, 2019
Vanessa Hess
Beautiful!
Apr 20, 2019
Shelley Statler
1.6mi — 1h 03m
Apr 15, 2019
Ashton Salter
Mar 19, 2019
Anthony Sanchez
Mar 16, 2019
Erika Perez
3h 45m
Mar 11, 2019
Brian Severski
Mar 1, 2019
Graham E
Feb 26, 2019
Drew Domalakes
Hiked w sandals. Bare feet. No water

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 42 votes

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