Since 1978, the U.S. government has protected one of Texas’ most famous rivers the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. It’s become a destination for beauty and recreation. The river is a separate park site that starts in Big Bend and ends nearly 200 miles downriver.
“The wild and scenic river is one of the great trips in America,” said David Elkowitz, chief of interpretation at Big Bend National Park. “Five to seven days of rapids and canyons…and remote, wild, beautiful Rio Grande, on the border between Mexico and the U.S.”
Nearly 70 miles of the protected part of the river is within Big Bend National Park. The trip down the river takes visitors near some of the most beautiful canyons in the world including Boquillas and Mariscal canyons.
More information about the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River.