Private Property Rights along the River
Along the Lower Canyons
From downstream of the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, the Rio Grande W&SR flows exclusively through private land to its boundary at the Terrell/Val Verde county line. With the generous cooperation of the landowners visitors holding the required permit are allowed limited access to the land along the river corridor, including some side canyon hikes. Refer to your river guide for more detailed information.
Please keep in mind at all times that you are on private land on this entire stretch of the river. The terms and conditions of your Lower Canyons permit recognize this and are written accordingly to acknowledge both the generosity of the landowners as well as their concerns. Your responsible behavior will help determine the long-term success of this unique arrangement between the National Park Service and private landowners.
Did You Know?
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...