share. 2 comments. 1,239 7. Angell Expeditions – Boomerang Overnight, Two Day Canoe Trip ($$$) Eat: Lajitas Resort – Breakfast ($) Eat: Lunch and Dinner on the Rio Grande – Included Stay: Rio Grande/Big Bend Camping ($$ – $$$) DAY 5 – lajitas, big bend – canoeing rio grande Santa Elena Canyon. Big Bend River Tours led us and a small group (8 people total plus 2 BBRT guides) on a great and exciting canoe trip on the Rio Grande into Santa Elena Canyon. Ideal cfs for Santa Elena Boomerang Trip? Santa Elena Boomerang Camping. After a while, I made my way up the mountain, which opened to wide, panoramic vistas. Post Nov 07, 2018 #1 2018-11-07T18:08. Santa Elena Canyon is one of the major tourist attractions that most of the people never miss visiting while holidaying in Texas. It may not be known for particularly challenging or high-quality whitewater, but its incredible scenery, uniqueness as an international boundary, and novelty of its very existence in this parched desert make it an iconic run. Some of the highlights are the dramatic 450m-high cliff walls of Santa Elena Canyon and the massive Casa Grande formation, a mesmerising beacon of the Chisos Basin area. Photograph by Aaron Bates. Headed there weekend before thanksgiving and considering it. Unreal how beautiful it was. Log in or sign up to leave a comment log in sign up. If you have never paddled before, your guide will explain the strokes to you before the trip. Need tips on a boomerang trip on the Santa Elena canyon? That’s relatively short by hiking standards. See all photos from Sheila V. for Big Bend Boating and Hiking Company. Soak in the Hot Springs. Angell Expeditions: Santa Elena Canyon Canoe Trip - See 137 traveler reviews, 118 candid photos, and great deals for Marfa, TX, at Tripadvisor. It’s also mostly shaded, making it a nice choice on a hot Texas day, but the area still gets hot in the summer, so make sure you bring plenty of water. I had selected the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive as my route to Santa Elena because the “scenic” part of its title promised more of the eye-candy views I was there for, at least in part. 4 comments. The trip was amazing. You will need to wade across Terlingua Creek to find the real trailhead. My question is: I see there’s a Santa Elena trail that goes a way into the canyon. If the water is low, we will be doing a Santa Elena Canyon boomerang where we paddle upstream, have lunch, and then float back down. The trail was fairly flat except for the nice switchbacks up the steep canyon. Road Trip: Santa Elena Canyon. The parking lot was deserted when we finished untying all the ropes and slathered ourselves with sunscreen (I had learned my lesson on the first day). Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. After my hike, Sandi and baby came down and I did some roadside camping with my 3-year old while Sandi did a 4-day Boquillas river adventure with Far save. The Santa Elena Canyon Trail (almost three km) is a manageable starting point, while the South Rim Trail (up to 23km) is a wild epic. 2/13. Sort by. I'm taking a few days the weekend of the 21st and heading west to re-set before work starts getting busy. We were able to do a three day trip through Santa Elena Canyon on Canoes when other outfitters only offered "boomerang" trips, showing only a small portion of the canyon. We started unloading at the Santa Elena Canyon Trailhead, the beginning of our "boomerang" trip on the Rio Grande. The Santa Elena Canyon Trail is a moderate, 1.7 mile, round trip hike along the bend of the Rio Grande River into the Santa Elena Canyon. The Santa Elena Canyon Trail is only about 1.5 miles long. Press spacebar to see more share options. Answered: When the outfitters take you canoeing on the boomerang trip up and down the Santa Elena Canyon, is it difficult to paddle upstream? The steep rocky area looks beautiful and tourists love to visit the place to experience its unique appearance. The primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve goals within our mission. TexasAggieHiker. We had an incredible boomerang kayak trip with Erica through the Santa Elena Canyon. TexasAggieHiker. hide. The scenery was gorgeous, and we were able to do three hikes in the evening after we were … DAY 4 – big bend – canoeing rio grande and camping overnight in Santa Elena Canyon. I'll be in Big Bend Thanksgiving Week and as much as I want to kayak into Santa Elena canyon (on a 2-person inflatable kayak with 2 people), I'm worried that the water level will be too high (currently at about 590cfs). Funny. Smugglers cave straight ahead. Boomerang River Trip. Hot Springs Historic District . The trip included a 3 mile paddle into the canyon, a refreshing lunch (included with the trip) and then a really adventurous hike into Fern Canyon. Big Bend Part 2. MDBajzer. If the water is medium, we will be wither rafting or kayaking thru Hot Springs Canyon where we stop and soak in the hot springs and have lunch at the historic district. Plan your road trip to Santa Elena Canyon in TX with Roadtrippers. Whether it’s the limestone walls of Santa Elena Canyon, the volcanic history of Colorado Canyon, or a warm soak in the Hot Springs Canyon, a day on the river in Big Bend is unlike any other! Santa Elena Canyon is known for the famous Rock Slide Rapid, as well as its sheer limestone walls. Big Bend River Tours: Santa Elena Canyon Trip - See 225 traveler reviews, 117 candid photos, and great deals for Terlingua, TX, at Tripadvisor. 162 friends. Ask any long-time river runner about the must-do Southwest rivers, and Santa Elena Canyon of the Rio Grande is likely to make the list. Big Bend National Park Flights to Big Bend National Park Should I hike the santa Elena trail and do a separate river trip (Colorado canyon / Dark canyon) or is the boomerang trip more worth the experience /time? Is this a good enough experience of the canyon? Going up Santa Elena Canyon on a boomerang canoe trip. This was a great evening walk! However, Angell Expeditions offers a one day boomerang river trip which I might consider. The entry to Santa Elena Canyon will be patently obvious, but the sands of Terlingua Creek, which has its confluence with the Rio Grande near the mouth of the canyon, will obscure any evidence of an obvious trail. This trip is only offered during low water. Thanks Erica for the memories! Post 4:24 AM - Feb 12 #1 2020-02-12T04:24. All reviews the river rio grande short hike small creek easy hike hiking trail water level canoe trip santa elena highlight of our trip the ross maxwell scenic drive main trail great hike short distance gorgeous views national park trail starts miles round trip trail head long drive parking area visiting big bend. Our guide, Tenor, was super helpful, yet stepped back when we needed time to talk and bond as a group. Oct 1, 2013 - Santa Elena Canyon is a Scenic Point in Terlingua. Useful. There are multiple tour companies that can operate a day use Santa Elena Canyon rafting trip, often referred to as a “boomerang” trip, including . The magnificent canyon keeps its trail occupying a huge area. report. Smugglers cave straight ahead. 6 reviews. MDBajzer. Rio Grande river flows through the canyon and gives the whole scene a picturesque avatar. We hiked this the night before our canoe trip and it got us all excited for getting on the river. Erica was friendly, knowledgeable, and so helpful portaging through the shallows. The ability to assist in carrying canoes and gear is very helpful, and a spirit of adventure is a must. Neither sounded appealing, so when Tim came across some online mentions of something called the Santa Elena Canyon Boomerang trip, we quickly abandoned the idea of slugging our gear up a mountain and instead started to plan an overnight river trip. After a lunch break, we scrambled through Fern Canyon. If the water is high, we will be rafting through either Santa Elena or Colorado Canyon. It looks like you may be having problems playing this video. Santa Elena Canyon sits at the western edge of the Park, whereas Boquillas Canyon resides on the eastern edge. It is one of the best-known natural features of Big Bend National Park and one of the most popular and crowded places in the entire national park. If the water level is low, you do not have to fight the current much going upstream, making this trip quite leisurely. Beginning at Lajitas, this 21-mile trip is the most popular run on the river. After driving to the parking lot, the springs are only a short .5 mile walk away. A river trip on the Rio Grande is dream come true . Alicia B. Santa Fe, NM. Some of the switchbacks and paths are even paved and have handrails. Posted on April 2, 2016 by Patrick Smith. 1,239 7. Big Bend River Tours: Boomerang River Trip - See 227 traveller reviews, 118 candid photos, and great deals for Terlingua, TX, at Tripadvisor. 5. No experience is necessary but paddling is mandatory. Price. 100% Upvoted. The difficulty level of this trail is moderate. 5. Big Bend … Ideal flow, time of year, level of difficulty, etc. Cool. I was persuaded into bringing my camera along for the ride, but not before I sealed it up in a plastic bag first. The put in point is at the exit of Santa Elena Canyon. $159 per person, plus taxes and fees $154/person for children 12 and under, plus taxes and fees. Santa Elena Canyon (Castolon Historic District, 2 miles round trip). Trip Details; FAQ; Trip Details. The Santa Elena Canyon one-day trip offers spectacular scenery with each bend in the Rio Grande. 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