Amistad National Recreation Area


A splash of blue stands out against limestone cliffs. The honking of a great blue heron, interspersed with the descending trill of a canyon wren, can be heard off in the distance. This landscape, which at times appears stark and desolate, comes alive with color after a rainstorm. Amistad is a land of contrasts...and of hidden treasures. The same water that draws people to boat and fish today, sustained over 300 generations of hunters and gatherers. They left behind a record of their existence through colorful rock art panels, bits of tools, and fibers preserved for thousands of years by the arid desert climate. Situated on the United States-Mexico Border, Amistad National Recreation Area (NRA) is known primarily for excellent year round, water-based recreation including: boating, fishing, swimming, scuba diving and water-skiing. Amistad NRA also provides opportunities for picnicking, camping and hunting. The reservoir, at the confluence of the Rio Grande, Devils and Pecos rivers, was created by Amistad Dam in 1969. In addition to excellent recreation, this area is rich in archeology and rock art, and contains a wide variety of plant and animal life.


Seasonality / Weather

Amistad Visitor Information Center is daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for December 25. Visitor information center is located five miles north of Del Rio, Texas city limits on Hwy 90W across the road from Three Rivers RV Park. There are several movies available upon request in the Visitor Center movie theater. Exhibits interpret the history, natural and cultural resources of Amistad National Recreation Area and the region. Ask a ranger at the Visitor Information Center for the Amistad Junior Ranger Book. Work on fun and educational activities to earn a Junior Ranger badge and patch.

Winter is the busiest season at Amistad National Recreation Area with typically mild temperatures. Summer temperatures can be quite high, making it ideal for heat-lovers.



Amistad National Recreation Area is located on the U.S. and Mexico border near Del Rio, Texas and is between San Antonio and Big Bend National Park. The park is 150 miles west of San Antonio on US Highway 90, and about 250 miles east of Big Bend via US Highways 90 and 385. Access to Amistad from the north or south is on US Highways 277 and 377.
Public Transportation - Bus and Amtrak stations are located in Del Rio.


Continental Airlines provides service between Del Rio (DRT) and Houston.

Public Transport: 

Bus and AMTRAK (rail) stations are located in Del Rio on 1 North Main Street. For AMTRAK information dial 1-800-USA-RAIL. For bus service call Del Rio Multi-Modal Transportation Center at (830)775-7515.