The adventure bug is starting to hit everyone with this sudden change of weather and we have just the spot for a float down the river where you can take in one-of-a-kind views. Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park has extraordinary views and offers just the right amount of shade to keep you cool this summer.

Most people that take the trip to Santa Elena Canyon travel through the entire thing for three days to get the most of the canyon's beauty. You can take the trip via car or canoe but you'll need a Big Bend National Park entry pass either way. There is no extra fee for trips into the canyon so you can come and go as you please. The canyon is a towering 1,500 feet tall so no matter where you look, there will be an absolutely amazing view.

When the water is low enough, visitors of the canyons can canoe, kayak, and paddle their way through the canyon but there may be times when the water is just too high to make that trip. The scenic trip attracts not only hikers and paddlers but also people looking for their next photography session. You can kayak through these and many other flowing waters in the gorgeous Big Bend National Park.

Big Bend National Park is open 24 hours every day of the year. A daily car pass for the entire national park is $30 or if you're going solo, you can get an individual pass for $15. Camping at the park is on $7 a night but it can work its way up depending on the amenities you'd like to enjoy. 

Santa Elena Canyon is located at Big Bend National Park in Texas. To play your stay or for more information on the park and the canyon, you can visit their website here. 

Santa Elena Canyon

Price:$15 - $30

Address: Big Bend National Park, TX

Why you need to go: The canyon has breathtaking views and takes three days to complete, making it the perfect summer challenge.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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