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Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park

As one of the most well-known places in Big Bend National Park, Santa Elena Canyon is a sight to see. This November photograph shows the mouth of the canyon as the Rio Grande's waters flow eastward through the Chihuahuan Desert weave in and out of the Chisos Mountains. The walls of Santa Elena rise to 1500 feet from the river below, and a trail leads up a little ways and provides wonderful views of the valley below.