Lose yourself in the Lower Canyons
A five to ten day float trip through the Lower Canyons offers a true wilderness experience. The trip begins at Heath Canyon near La Linda and ends at Dryden Crossing (83 miles). The Black Gap Wildlife Management Area is a secondary option for put-ins.
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
River Guide to the Lower Canyons of the Rio GrandeNEW! 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.
Available through the Big Bend Natural History Association
Bravo Y GrandeNEW! Big Bend Natural History Association is working on a film on the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River, more specifically the Lower Canyons, coming in May!
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A River Wilderness
Note: Border Crossing Activity
Illegal border crossings occasionally occur within Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River. If you encounter anything that looks illegal, suspicious, or out of place, please do not approach or intervene. Note the location, description, time, direction of travel, and call 911 when possible.
Lower Canyons release form
All visitors who float the lower canyons are required to fill out the following release form:
Last updated: April 16, 2019