Hoff's Aliner Travels
A Travel Blog for US and Canadian Parks with Geological Notes

Big Bend National Park – West End – Santa Elena Canyon

Santa Elena Canyon has cliffs even higher than Boquillas Canyon on the east end of the park. Some are more than 1,400 feet above the river. The entrance to the canyon can be seen 10 miles away.

The trail crosses Terlingua Creek, and then climbs a series of concrete steps. From there, the trail slopes gradually down to the river’s edge inside the canyon and continues winding among large boulders until it ends abruptly where the canyon wall meets the river. This is one of the narrowest places in the seven-mile long Santa Elena Canyon.


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