Since you need a high clearance vehicle to reach Mariscal Canyon, it is a wonderfully remote day or overnight river trip. It is the shortest canyon in the park, 10 miles long, with varied scenery and stunning limestone cliffs rising up to 1,400 feet. Mariscal can be floated in a day at water levels above 300 CFS. A few Class II-III rapids (depending on water levels) give this excursion some excitement. At water levels above 1000 CFS open boats should use caution.
Put-In and Take-Out Information
River Guide to Mariscal and Boquillas CanyonsNEW! Newly revised version of the classic river guide, with updated text and new full-color maps and photos. Includes the "Great Unknown" section of the Rio. 20 8.5"x11" waterproof laminated pages. Coil bound for easy reading during your float trip.
Available through the Big Bend Natural History Association
Note: Theft of property left in vehicles is not uncommon at Talley, Solis, or the Santa Elena Canyon take-out. Remove valuables from vehicle and lock all doors. Storage lockers are not available in the park.
Last updated: June 3, 2022