History & Culture
Prehistoric and historic sites are abundant along the river corridor, mostly on private property in the United States or Mexico. Preserving these sites is important in understanding human use and development along the river.
For additional information about the history and culture of the area, visit Big Bend National Park's History & Culture section.
Administrative History of the Park
Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River Administrative History (1988) [725kb PDF file]
Did You Know?
Since 2000, the number of undocumented aliens apprehended attempting to cross through the area of the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River has risen from 120 to 1200 annually. This traffic results in negative impacts on park resources, including erosion and trash.