Great sights with little effort

On the drive to the trailhead Santa Elena Canyon provides a stunning view.
User: Austin Explorer - 10/16/2001

Location: Big Bend - Santa Elena Canyon

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 1.80 Miles  Elapsed Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


The canyon walls are spectacular and this trail at its base doesn't require too much effort, which was a big plus for us today.  After tackling the South Rim the day before we wanted something on which we could take it easy for a day and this fit the bill.  It's a bit crowded, but that's not unexpected.

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