Comprised of over 800,000 acres of West Texas lands and largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography in the U.S., Big Bend National Park is a breathtakingly beautiful scene of rugged and sweeping terrain. Because of its size, there are a number of scenic drives once you enter the park. Some are on paved roads, and others require an all-terrain vehicle. The Ross Maxwell Scenic drive within Big Bend is probably the best known of the park’s scenic drives, twisting into the valley of the Rio Grande River, until you reach the gorge of Santa Elena Canyon. The canyon offers beautiful morning light for photos, and there are hiking trails all along this drive where you can pull over, stretch your legs, and take in the scenery. Other drives include the Basin Drive, the Persimmon Gap Drive, the Maverick Drive, and the Boquillas Drive all offering different perspectives on the majestic Big Bend National Park.