Lose yourself in the Lower Canyons
The Lower Canyons between Heath Canyon and Dryden, downstream from Big Bend National Park, make up the heart of the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. Wild and isolated, the canyons provide opportunities for solitude and an outstanding wilderness experience. There are no facilities and access is limited due to rough terrain and constraints of private land. The arduous 83-mile trip takes 7-10 days. Because of the remoteness of the area, help may be many hours or days away. Extensive experience and preparation are absolutely essential.
The terrain along the Lower Canyons is open desert, rugged hills, and deep canyons. Access to the river is difficult below La Linda and most of the land above the riverbank is privately owned. The rapids in the Lower Canyons are Class II-IV.
Put-in and take-out information
Lower Canyons Assumption of Risk release form required
The Lower Canyons section of the Rio Grande passes through extensive private lands. All visitors who float the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande are required to fill out and sign the following release form:
Please have this form printed, completed, and signed to give to the ranger when you arrange the river permit for your trip.
River Guide to the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande
This full-color laminated trip-log is filled with detailed maps of the entire route, as well as historical and natural history notes. A must-have for any trip through the Lower Canyons, and excellent for trip planning.
A River Wilderness
Note: Border Crossing Activity
Last updated: June 8, 2022