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Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River

Located in the state of Texas

The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River was established in 1978 to protect a 196-mile (315 km) portion of the Rio Grande in Texas. Parts of Brewster, Terrell, and Val Verde counties are included in this section of the river. Approximately 69 mi (111 km) of the Wild and Scenic River is within Big Bend National Park; the remainder is downstream of Big Bend. Three rugged canyons are preserved under this designation. Boquillas Canyon is the most accessible, as it can be reached via a popular RV campground. Mariscal Canyon can only be entered via a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle, while, due to rapid size, entrance to the Lower Canyon is only possible by signing an NPS liability waiver. The wild and scenic river designation does not apply to Santa Elana Canyon, which is the most popular recreational area in Big Bend.

  • Parking areas and along paved roads
  • Some developed campgrounds and picnic areas
  • Must be restrained or kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.
  • Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times
  • Pick up after your dog at all times – Leave no trace

*Please see more details for leash info

  • Inside buildings (unless service animal)
  • Do not let your pet swim or drink in the water
  • Trails, off road or on the river
  • Never leash a pet while in a floating vessel
  • Never leave your pet unattended or alone inside a vehicle
  • Never off leash – unless inside a vehicle, tent, dog crate or other portable kennel
  • Untagged dogs or dogs with uncurrent tags
  • Excessive barking

*Please see more details for leash info

  • Extreme range of weather
  • Extreme heat
  • Poisonous Snakes
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Spiny and prickly plants
  • Predatory animals
  • Be aware of animal traps and hunting areas
  • Swim safely, extreme water areas
  • Ticks and biting insects
  • Do not drink from waterways
  • Bring plenty of drinking water

Leash Laws: Most parks require dogs to be on a leash in some or all areas, however, some parks allow dogs off leash in certain locations, please consult the parks website before going off leash, Thank you!

  • Dog life vest or flotation device is recommended
  • Consult the park website before traveling all information is to be used as a guide.
  • Respect local wildlife.
  • Leave no trace – What you bring in, you bring out.
  • If you are visiting during the hottest months of the year, a “palm test” is recommended before walking your dog – place your hand on the pavement for a minute and see if it is comfortable there. If the pavement feels hot to your palm, it will be hot to your dog’s paws.

(432) 477-2251

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River Website

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River Camping

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River Volunteer

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