• Santa Elena Canyon

    Rio Grande

    Wild & Scenic River Texas

River Mileages & Estimated Days Required

River Rafters
River Rafters
NPS Photo/Big Bend National Park
 

The charts below provide basic distance and estimated time for float trips on the Rio Grande. These calculations are estimates only. The feasibility of a particular trip varies with the season and river level. Always check current conditions before planning your float trip.

Current Conditions

 

River Mileages

  • Big Bend Area and Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River [42k PDF File]
    This chart provides basic distance and estimated time for float trips on the Rio Grande from Presidio to Langtry. The number of days estimated for each trip given certain safety and pleasure considerations, e.g. layover days, extended trip lengths, bad weather and injuries. Fifteen to twenty miles per day is a normal pace on the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River.

  • Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River—Lower Canyons [44k PDF File]
    This chart provides basic distance and estimated time for float trips from Heath Canyon to Dryden Crossing. The number of days estimated for each segment is given certain safety and pleasure considerations, e.g. layover days, extended trip lengths, bad weather and injuries. Fifteen to twenty miles per day is a normal pace in the Lower Canyons.

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...