Floating the Lower Canyons
NPS/Big Bend National Park
Lose yourself in the Lower Canyons
The terrain along the Lower Canyons is open desert, rugged hills, and deep canyons. Access to the river is difficult below La Linda and most of the land above the riverbank is privately owned. The rapids in the Lower Canyons are Class II-IV.
Put-in and take-out information
Take-out: Permission to take-out at Dryden Crossing should be obtained by calling Jon Tom Lowrence at 432-940-3609 or 432-345-3300.Lower Canyons release form
All visitors who float the lower canyons are required to fill out the following release form:
Assumption of Risks and Agreements of Release and Indemnity form [40kb PDF file]
A River Wilderness
Did You Know?
Since 2000, the number of undocumented aliens apprehended attempting to cross through the area of the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River has risen from 120 to 1200 annually. This traffic results in negative impacts on park resources, including erosion and trash.