Visiting Boquillas, Mexico

View of Boquillas Mexico
View of Boquillas Mexico

Port of Entry Hours and Passport Requirements

Visiting Mexico through the park's Boquillas Crossing Port of Entry is an option for visitors possessing a valid passport book or passport card. Enhanced Driver's License do not apply.

Normal Operating Hours are as follows:

Winter Schedule
(November 2 - April 28)
5 days a week: Wednesdays through Sundays
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Schedule
(May 3 - November 1)
4 days a week: Fridays through Mondays
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

U.S. currency is accepted in Boquillas though visitors are advised to bring smaller bills or rely on Boquillas vendors to provide change for their purchases. The Rio Grande Village Store and the Rio Grande Visitor Center cannot make change for visitors travelling to Boquillas.

Boquillas ferry
At the edge of the Rio Grande, you can arrange for a rowboat ride across.

How do I get there?

Park at the Boquillas Crossing parking lot near Boquillas Canyon. After passing through the port of entry visitors are ferried across the Rio Grande on a small rowboat for a modest fee ($5 round-trip). Walking across the river is permitted only at the Boquillas Crossing, but is not recommended if the river level is high.

Once across the river visitors have the option of walking to the village (1/2 mile) or paying an additional fee to ride on a burro, horse, or in a vehicle. Local authorized guides (wearing official ID credentials) are available to assist you.

Visitors are required to check in with Mexican immigration officials upon arrival in Boquillas, and pay a small entrance fee ($3) to the Maderas del Carmen Protected Area that Boquillas is situated in. A small wrist bracelet is your receipt for the entrance fee.

Most visitors spend just a couple of hours in Boquillas. Visitors planning to stay overnight in Mexico will need to apply for a temporary visa. Secure overnight parking at the Boquillas Crossing Port of Entry may be available.


What is in Town?

Boquillas features two restaurants with food that is simple, fresh, and good. A bar features pool and other games. Residents often display wire sculptures, embroidered textiles, walking sticks, and other handcrafted items for sale. U.S. currency is accepted in Boquillas. Visitors are advised to bring a supply of smaller bills.

Valid documentation is required to visit Mexico through the park's Boquillas Port of Entry.


The Boquillas Port of Entry is operated cooperatively by the National Park Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The facility is staffed by National Park Rangers who can assist travelers with information about visiting the area. Proper documentation is required to cross. U.S. and Canadian citizens can present a valid Passport to cross at this Class B Port of Entry. Travelers from other countries may need additional documentation in addition to their valid passport. To cross at the Port of Entry, travelers will interact with a customs officer through a virtual kiosk and document scanner.

For complete information on other accepted travel documents at the Boquillas Port of Entry, please contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Presidio, TX (432-229-3349).

Crossing to Mexico
It is a short rowboat ride to Mexico

NPS / T. VandenBerg

Last updated: April 15, 2024

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