Beautiful And Magnificent Canyon

Santa Elena Canyon
This is a view of the canyon as you approach it on the trail.
User: Lone_Star - 3/8/2008

Location: Big Bend - Santa Elena Canyon

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: 1star
Miles Hiked: 1.70 Miles  Elapsed Time: 45 minutes


If you go to Big Bend National Park and only have limited time to sightsee, be sure to put this at the top of your list.

Santa Elena Canyon is absolutely breathtaking.  The trail takes you up and into the canyon and dips down along the river in several spots.  There are lots of large boulders to sit on and relax or watch the canoes paddle by as they make their way down the river.

Apparently there are times when the river floods and the water level can get quite high.  A high water mark has been painted on the toilet exterior wall and it is about 5' above ground level.

Be sure to also visit (by car) the Santa Elena Canyon Overlook nearby.  It offers interesting explanations how the canyon was formed.

Log Photos
Santa Elena Canyon
Trail Map
High Water
View From The Trail
Fossil Seashells
Another View From The Trail
Area around Big Bend - Santa Elena Canyon