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Santa Elena Canyon Trail

 4.2 (26)

Length


0.8 Miles 1.3 Kilometers


502' 153 m

Ascent

-100' -30 m

Descent

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

84%

Max Grade (40°)

2,639' 804 m

High

2,159' 658 m

Low

Shared By Hunter R

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A quick jaunt through spectacular Santa Elena Canyon.

Hunter R

Dogs No Dogs

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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Jun 1, 2018
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  4.2 from 26 votes

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1,732 Since Jul 1, 2016
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Incredible views abound on this short, easy trail in Big Bend. Santa Elena canyon is narrow with towering walls. Due to the rock layers, once you are in the canyon, the Rio Grande looks to be flowing uphill. Being enveloped in this canyon is a humbling experience. Just stunning! Jun 22, 2016

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