• Santa Elena Canyon

    Rio Grande

    Wild & Scenic River Texas

Plan Your Visit

Rio Grande Sunset
Rio Grande Sunset
NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou
Quiet and solitude are rare qualities in today’s modern world, but ones that exemplify the majesty of the Rio Grande. Canoeing or kayaking into any of the river’s breathtaking canyons is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience the heart of the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River. Whether you choose a day trip or a 10-day journey, each of these canyons will carry you into an ethereal world of water, rock, and sky.
Santa Elena Canyon

Planning a Float Trip

If you have the time and a spirit of adventure, you may want to consider a river trip. Seeing the park's canyons from the middle of the Rio Grande can be an incredible experience. more...


Local Outfitters

Information on guided trips, equipment rental, and shuttle services. more...

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...