• Santa Elena Canyon

    Rio Grande

    Wild & Scenic River Texas


Hot Springs Canyon
Hot Springs Canyon
NPS Photo\Cookie Ballou
The Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River is managed as a unit of the national park system by Big Bend National Park. To learn more about how these two parks are operated, please visit Big Bend National Park's Management section.
Mission Statement
The National Park Service at the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River, through cooperative management, preserves and protects the free-flowing state and the natural, cultural, and scenic conditions of the river and its immediate environment for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Park Planning
The General Management Plan charts the course of park planning for the future.
General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (August 2004).
Enabling Legislation [232kb PDF file]
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (1968) [107kb PDF file]

Did You Know?

The American eel

The construction of the Amistad dam down river has resulted in the loss of the atlantic sturgeon and the American eel in the waters of the Rio Grande in the Big Bend. These are two of six species which are no longer found in the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River due to a variety of factors. More...