Santa Elena Canyon Trail

Terlingua, Texas

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This brief hike to the mouth of Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park’s westernmost region is perhaps one of the most rewarding, offering an opportunity to enjoy shade, a beautiful riparian area, and the soaring 1500-foot tall canyon walls that make Santa Elena Canyon so splendid. In an easy hike of less than a mile, hikers can take an up-close look at the mouth of the grandest canyon in the state. The canyon is a popular rafting destination, so you may get a chance to see paddlers exiting the mouth in often stunning light. It is also one of the most unforgiving waterways. Its sheer cliffs dominate paddlers immediately upon entering the canyon, giving them little opportunity to beach their craft until the Rio Grande spits them out miles later at the mouth.
100 Classic Hikes in Texas

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100 Classic Hikes in Texas

by E. Dan Klepper (The Mountaineers Books)

This brief hike to the mouth of Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park’s westernmost region is perhaps one of the most rewarding, offering an opportunity to enjoy shade, a beautiful riparian area, and the soaring 1500-foot tall canyon walls that make Santa Elena Canyon so splendid.

In an easy hike of less than a mile, hikers can take an up-close look at the mouth of the grandest canyon in the state. The canyon is a popular rafting destination, so you may get a chance to see paddlers exiting the mouth in often stunning light. It is also one of the most unforgiving waterways. Its sheer cliffs dominate paddlers immediately upon entering the canyon, giving them little opportunity to beach their craft until the Rio Grande spits them out miles later at the mouth.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Terlingua
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Best in Fall
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park
Local Maps: USGS Castalon
Driving Directions: Directions to Santa Elena Canyon Trail

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May 2018