• Santa Elena Canyon

    Rio Grande

    Wild & Scenic River Texas

A Wilderness of Stone and Water

It is an irresistible playground where unruly rapids check your skills as a canyon wren’s definitive call cascades down ancient limestone cliffs. Below the chasm, the canyon’s raw beauty dances across mirrored water. While the primal nature of the river stirs hunger for spirited adventure, the river is also an undulant ribbon of wetland corridor and, against all odds, the lifeblood of the desert.

Did You Know?

Men of Hill's expedition

Robert Hill, working for the U.S. Geological Survey, led the first expedition to successfully float the canyons of the Rio Grande in the area of Big Bend National Park. His trip, from Presidio to Langtry took over a month in the fall of 1899. More...