This “wild and scenic” section of the famous Rio Grande is a 196-mile stretch of the river that travels east from the Mexican border into Texas and winds through some of the more remote vistas in the Chihuahuan Desert and into Big Bend National Park. Boaters looking for a southwestern adventure can plan a float trip on this picturesque waterway to see its rugged canyons with 100-million-year-old rock walls and a diverse array of wildlife. Note that different sections of the river have varying difficulty levels, and traveling through the remote Lower Canyons area requires an access fee and release form.
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