Santa Elena Canyon - Big Bend National Park, TX, US
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Crazy4horses
N 29° 10.108 W 103° 36.238
13R E 635759 N 3227456
Quick Description: Santa Elena Canyon is one of the most famous landmarks of the Big Bend National Park. It is visible from over 10 miles away, and can be seen, if unobstructed, from almost any location in the park.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 12/30/2016 5:06:23 PM
Waymark Code: WMTQKY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GCEdo
Views: 5

Long Description:
Big Bend National Park, TX has three remarkable slot canyons: Boquillas, Mariscal and Santa Elena. Of these, the trail into Santa Elena is considered by many to be the most scenic in the park. This canyon is a 1500-foot gash that runs for eight miles in the uplift that forms the Sierra Ponce Mountains in the southwestern corner of the park.

Santa Elena canyon has a limestone base, originating first from faulting and then carved and polished by the silty Rio Grande. Be sure to note the "optical illusion" as you enter the canyon. The canyon walls tip upstream making it appear that the river is much steeper than it is
Waymark is confirmed to be publicly accessible: yes

Parking Coordinates: N 29° 10.027 W 103° 36.591

Access fee (In local currency): .00

Requires a high clearance vehicle to visit.: no

Requires 4x4 vehicle to visit.: no

Public Transport available: no

Website reference: [Web Link]

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