Planning a Float Trip

Boquillas Canyon Canoeing
Canoein in Boquillas Canyon

NPS Photo/Jennette Jurado

Proper preparation is the key to a successful float trip on the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River. Make sure you have the proper equipment, and familiarize yourself with river regulations and safety considerations.

Choose a Canyon
The canyons of the Rio Grande are the most popular float trips; included in the Wild & Scenic River are:

Upstream of the Wild & Scenic River, Santa Elena Canyon is inside the boundaries of Big Bend National Park. A number of guide books are available from the Big Bend Natural History Association to help you decide and prepare for your trip.

Got gear?
Three options are available if you desire to make a river trip: you can bring your own equipment, rent equipment, or hire a guide service that will provide all permits, food, equipment, and shuttles.

River Use Regulations
For the river environment's protection and your safety, observe regulations on both sides of the river and on private land along the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River. more...
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. more...

River Milages
The feasibility of a particular trip varies with the season and river level. Always check current conditions before planning your float trip. more...

Private Property Rights along the River
Downstream from the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, the Rio Grande Wild &Scenic River flows exclusively through private land. more...
Human Waste Disposal
To protect the quality of the Rio Grande ecosystem and enhance the wilderness experience of a river trip, all users must properly dispose of human waste. more...

Last updated: February 21, 2015

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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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