Basic Information

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
1 Panther Junction
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834

Hwy 118 south from Alpine; Hwy 385 south from Marathon; FM 170 from Presidio through Study Butte.

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Variable -- February-April: High temperatures range from mid-70sF (23C) to low-90sF (32C) with lows from the mid-30sF (2C) to mid-50sF (12C). Cold fronts can bring freezing weather with rain or snow. -- May-August: Temperatures are hot and the weather can be stormy. Temperatures over 100F (more than 38C) degrees. -- September-January:Temperatures are cooler. The weather can turn cold any time during these months.

Entrance Fees:

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River Entrance Fee - $0.00

The Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River does not have an entry fee however, if you float the portions of the Wild & Scenic River inside Big Bend National Park, you will be charged for entry into the National Park.

 
Hot Springs Canyon
Hot Springs Canyon

NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou

 
The Paisano
The official visitor guide of Big Bend National Park & Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. Includes visit planning information, feature articles, and map insets.
 
Boquillas Canyon

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River Defined

The National Park Service at the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River preserves and protects free-flowing and natural and scenic conditions of the river and its immediate environment for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. For more information visit the wild and scenic river page.

 
Rio Grande Village Store

Convenience Stores, Gasoline, and Lodging

Commercial services are available in Big Bend National Park including, the Chisos Mountains Lodge, and camper stores located at Rio Grande Village, Castolon, Panther Junction and the Chisos Basin. For more information visit the goods and services page.
 
Boquillas Canyon

Water Quality & River Users

The quality of water in the Rio Grande through the Big Bend region is highly variable. Big Bend National Park staff sample the water for bacterial levels on a monthly basis at several locations within the park. For more information visit the water quality page.

 
Filtering Water

River Safety

By giving forethought to your actions, you can have a safe, exciting, and rewarding experience while floating the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River. For more information visit the river safety page.

 
Lightning Storm

Weather

The “rainy season” extends from mid-July through early October and can result in locally heavy thunderstorms and flash floods. Rapid river rises can be dangerous if unprepared. For more information visit the weather page.

Last updated: November 7, 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

Phone:

(432) 477-2251

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