• View of Indian Cliffs from the Devils River.

    Amistad

    National Recreation Area Texas

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    As of Sunday, March 9, 2014 the Visitor Center will be open seven days of the week from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Hiking

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Amistad National Recreation Area offers hikers a number of trails to explore, whether you are interested in just a short walk or a more ambitious hike. You are welcome to hike on your own, and guided hikes are available on Saturday mornings. Contact (830)775-7491 ext. 3200 for more information and availability.

A short interpretive nature trail can be found at Diablo East. Here you will learn about a variety of plants and enjoy sweeping views of Lake Amistad. Click here for a printable trail map of the trails at Diablo East.

The Sunrise Trail is 2.1 miles long and connects the park Visitor Center with Spur 454. Located on the old Brite Ranch, you will see a large variety of plants and birds while hiking. There are benches so you may sit and enjoy the sweeping views of the lake. Click here for a brochure with plant information. Click here for a printable trail map of the Sunrise Trail.

At the Pecos, you will find a short interpretive nature trail and a more adventurous trail that goes down a cliff along the Pecos River. Enjoy views of the Pecos River, its cliffs and a wide variety of plants.

The Figueroa Trail is a series of trails that comprise the longest trails in the recreation area. Located on the old Figueroa Ranch, these rolling trails will take you through desert and shrubland plants, while providing views of the lake and the dam. Click here for a printable trila map of the Figueroa Trail.

Be sure to have a copy of Amistad NRA's Official Map and Guide, which shows the park's boundaries, since hiking on adjacent private land is not permitted

Hiking Safety Tips

  • Always carry enough water (1 gallon per person per day).
  • Hike during cooler hours of the day.
  • Always use sunscreen and wear protective clothing.
  • The landscape is full of plants with thorns; wear heavy-soled hiking boots.
  • Watch out for venomous snakes. If you encounter a snake do not make any sudden movements. Stop, then slowly back away from it. Do not kill the snake. Snakes are protected by federal law, and play a very important part in the desert ecosystem.
  • If you plan to hike alone, always let somebody know where you are going and when you will return.
  • Take only pictures, leave only footprints. All things inside National Park Service boundaries, living and non-living, are protected by federal law. The removal of plants, animals, artifacts, rocks, etc. is prohibited.

Did You Know?

American and Mexican bronze eagles monument ontop the Amistad Dam.

Lake Amistad is a binational reservoir shared by the U.S. and Mexico. The international boundary is marked with bouys up the middle of the Rio Grande channel. The word Amistad is Spanish for the "friendship" between the two countries.