If you don't fish, or have a boat, there are plenty of other fun activities. Grab your cameras, binoculars, swimsuits, and fins and have fun!
Viewing Native American Rock Art
Panther Cave, located on the Rio Grande near the Pecos River, is accessible only by boat. 40 minutes west of Amistad Visitor Information Center is Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site. Guided walking tours of caves featuring rock art are available Wednesdays through Sundays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (morning tours only during summer). The Rock Art Foundation, a non-profit conservation organization, also offers guided tours to regional pictograph sites.
Click here for more information on visiting rock art sites.
Unsupervised swim areas are located at Governors Landing and at Diablo East.
Swimming is not allowed in harbors, within 200 feet of fishing docks, by mooring areas and any other area posted as closed to swimming or visitor use. These areas are unsafe areas for swimmers because of vessel concentrations and fishing hooks and lines that might cause injuries.
There are no lifeguards on duty and swimming is at your own risk.
Safety First when Swimming!
Picnic By the Lake
There are several hiking trails in the Diablo East area. The shortest of them has interpretive signs about the local flora. The Sunrise Trail begins at 9685 Hwy 90 West on the north side of the road and ends at Spur 454. The Figueroa Trail is on the old Figueroa Ranch with rolling trails and views of the lake. This trail networks is closed during hunting season.
See Hiking for more information.
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Amistad's exceptionally clear water makes it an excellent place for scuba diving. A dive cove is located at Diablo East. Use your dive flag, know your safe limits and never dive alone. Don't try scuba diving without training.
Limited hunting is allowed in designated hunt areas of Amistad during specified seasons. Click here for more information.
Visit the Bookstore
If you are interested in purchasing a field guide for your outdoor activities, visit the bookstore at the Amistad Visitor Center. The bookstore is operated by Big Bend Natural History Association, a non-profit organization which donates portions of the proceeds to Big Bend National Park and Amistad.
Big Bend Natural History Association (BBNHA) has a nice selection of sales items from field guides on numerous subjects, to books on local history and Lower Pecos Rock Art. There are also postcards, videos, children's books, note cards and more!
Attend Our Free Programs
See Schedule of Events or call the Visitor Center at (830)775-7491 for more information.
Last updated: August 14, 2019