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Santa Elena Canyon Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.0 mile 1.5 kilometer out and back
85% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 167' 51 m
Descent: -167' -51 m
High: 2,314' 705 m
Low: 2,163' 659 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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A quick jaunt through spectacular Santa Elena Canyon.

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Features River/Creek · Views

Overview

Travel along the Santa Elena Canyon Trail for an awe inspiring experience amidst the sheer walls of Santa Elena Canyon and the verdant green waters of the Rio Grande.

Description

Starting at the Santa Elena Canyon Trail Parking Area, head east across Terlingua Creek and up the paved steps to a midpoint along the canyon wall. Atop the trail's crest, stop at the walled viewpoint to take in spectacular views of the canyon stretching out before you, before descending gently on dirt-treaded singletrack to the trail's end where the canyon walls meet the river.

Be sure to bring plenty of water with you on trail, as Big Bend's arid climate can quickly dehydrate even the most seasoned runner.

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Santa Elena Canyon Trail
Jan 11, 2019 near Lajitas, TX
Santa Elena Canyon and the Rio Grande
Oct 15, 2019 near Lajitas, TX
Santa Elena Canyon Panoramic
Oct 15, 2019 near Lajitas, TX
Santa Elena Canyon
Oct 15, 2019 near Lajitas, TX
Santa Elena Canyon
Oct 15, 2019 near Lajitas, TX
Inside Santa Elena Canyon, this is the view looking to the west.
Mar 22, 2017 near Lajitas, TX

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