• Santa Elena Canyon

    Rio Grande

    Wild & Scenic River Texas

Fees & Reservations

Lower Canyons Campsite
Lower Canyons Campsite
NPS Photo/Big Bend National Park
The Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River does not have an entry fee, however, if you float the portions of the Wild & Scenic River inside Big Bend National Park, you will be charged for entry into the National Park.

A backcountry use permit is required for all river use. Day-use river permits are free, while overnight or multi-day river trips have a permit fee of $10.

For additional information, please visit Big Bend National Park's Fees & Reservations.

Did You Know?

Ladybird and party rafting the Rio Grande, 1966

In advance of Lady Bird Johnson's visit to Big Bend in 1966, the International Boundary and Water Commission released water from the Elephant Butte dam in New Mexico to ensure that the flow of the Rio Grande was sufficent to allow the first lady to complete a raft trip through Mariscal Canyon. More...