• Santa Elena Canyon

    Rio Grande

    Wild & Scenic River Texas

Floating Boquillas Canyon

Boquillas Canyon Overlook

Overlooking Boquillas Canyon

NPS Photo\Big Bend National Park

Beautiful Boquillas
For visitors with less experience, a relaxing two to four day river trip through Boquillas Canyon is a great choice. The rapids in this 33-mile journey only rate up to Class II. Camping a couple of nights by the soothing sounds of the river, and marveling at the 1,200 foot canyon walls, allow time to forget the daily distractions of life. As you travel down the canyon, notice the remains of candelilla wax mining camps on the Mexican side of the river.

Put-in and take-out information
The 33-mile, two to three day trip begins at Rio Grande Village and ends at Heath Canyon (downstream from La Linda).

  • Put-in: The usual put-in is at the Rio Grande Village river access, located near the group campsites; an alternative location is at the Daniels' Ranch.
  • Take-out: The Heath Canyon take-out is located on the U.S. side of the river, just downstream of the La Linda bridge. Permission to take-out at Heath Canyon should be obtained by calling Heath Canyon Ranch at 432-376-2235.

Did You Know?

Rangers at an illegal wax camp, 1950s

The harvesting and processing of the candellila plant into wax has long been a border industry. In the 1950s, illegal wax camps could be found in Mariscal, Boquillas and the Lower Canyons. Observant floaters can still see remains of these camps along the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River today. More...