Hot Springs Canyon
Hot Springs Canyon

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The Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River is managed as a unit of the national park system by Big Bend National Park. To learn more about how these two parks are operated, please visit Big Bend National Park's Management section.

Mission Statement

The National Park Service at the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River, through cooperative management, preserves and protects the free-flowing state and the natural, cultural, and scenic conditions of the river and its immediate environment for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.


Park Planning

The General Management Plan charts the course of park planning for the future.
General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (August 2004).


Enabling Legislation [232kb PDF file]
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (1968) [107kb PDF file]

Last updated: November 27, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
c/o Big Bend National Park
PO Box 129

Big Bend National Park, TX 79834


(432) 477-2251

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