Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River


The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, or El Rio Bravo del Norte, provides protection and maintenance of the pristine character of the Rio Grande from the Coahuila/Chihuahua, Mexico, state border upstream from Mariscal Canyon to the Terrell/Val Verde County line in Texas downstream. The Wild and Scenic River designation extends for 196 miles along the river's course. Approximately 69 miles of The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River designation lies within Big Bend National Park, and an additional 118 miles borders the Park. The National Park Service manages both the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, and the Rio Grande along the park's boundary for recreation and preservation.




Several highways lead to The Rio Grands Wild & Scenic River through Big Bend National Park: TX 118 from Alpine to Study Butte or FM 170 from Presidio tthrough Study Butte, or US 90 or US 385 through Marathon. Distances between towns and services can be considerable. Always be sure to have plenty of gas, oil, food, and water. The Big Bend National Park has four camper stores, but supply and selection can be limited. The last major shopping areas (grocery and hardware stores) are Alpine, Fort Stockton, and Del Rio.


The nearest airports served by major airlines are located in Midland/Odessa, Texas and El Paso, Texas. Rental cars are available at both airports.