• Santa Elena Canyon

    Rio Grande

    Wild & Scenic River Texas

Things To Do

kayaking
Kayaking in the Rio Grande
NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou

The spectacular river canyons, the primitive character of the Rio Grande, and its international flavor provide a stimulating environment for a high quality recreational and scenic experience. The Rio Grande is a free-flowing river with a sufficient volume of water during normal years to permit full enjoyment of river recreational activities.

Imagine drifting down the Rio Grande through sheer walls of limestone, with the occasional sound of your paddle dipping in the water and the song of a canyon wren as your only acoustic accompaniments. A river trip through the spectacular canyons of the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River offers this type of wilderness escape.
 
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...

 
Boquillas Canyon Overlook
Floating Boquillas Canyon


For visitors with less experience, a relaxing two to four day river trip through Boquillas Canyon is a great choice. more...

 
Tule Canyon

Floating the Lower Canyons

A five to ten day float trip through the Lower Canyons offers a true wilderness experience. more...

 
Tight Squeeze
Floating Mariscal Canyon


Mariscal Canyon is the shortest canyon in the park, only 10 miles long, with varied scenery and stunning limestone cliffs rising up to 1,400 feet. more...

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