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.


Boquillas Canyon

The Rio Grande

The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River preserves and protects free-flowing natural and scenic conditions of the river and its immediate environment.

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Canoeing the River

Planning a Float Trip?

Whether you choose a day trip or a 10-day journey, each of river canyons will carry you into an ethereal world of water, rock, and sky.

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Canoeing in solitude

A River Wilderness

The Lower Canyons—three words that convey a certain mystique, a feeling of awe and wonder not linked to any other desert water experience.

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