Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

As we headed home the sky in the park was wonderful. The mountains never looked better. What a perfect day. These where all taken on Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

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Our truck framed by ocotillo with Santa Elena Canyon in the background
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The ruins of an old homestead built in early 1900’s
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Taken on a desert overlook

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The darker rock is volcanic lava with the lighter being ash.

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Late afternoon the sky turned cloudy making the deep blue much paler. We had a great day, the weather was warm, and the mountains were putting on a show. It was beautiful!!

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Santa Elena Canyon

We finally made it down to Santa Elena Canyon. This is a must see on any visit to the Big Bend. The pictures tell the story.

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We had lunch at the overlook area
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There is a short trail taking you into the canyon
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The Rio Grande River flows out and makes the natural border between Mexico and Texas. Mexico is on the left side of this picture.
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This was taken on the trail that leads you into the canyon
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This is looking back as the Rio Grande flows out and takes a right turn forming the border
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The river had a very slow movement

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You can see the trail with a few people on it and also 2 rafts floating down the river
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The views were wonderful

This is one of the best areas of the Big Bend. Take the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive down here for the best scenery.