Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River

Address:PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834

Phone:432-477-2251
Fax:432-477-1175
Web: www.nps.gov/rigr/
Size: 9,600 acres.
Established: Authorized on November 10, 1978.
Location:A 196-mile portion of the Rio Grande from the Chihuahua/Coahuila state line in Mexico to the Terrell/Val Verde county line in Texas is protected as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The upper 69-mile section lies within Big Bend National Park. Several highways lead to the river area through Big Bend National Park, including TX 118 from Alpine to Study Butte, or FM 170 from Presidio through Study Butte, or US 90 or US 385 through Marathon.
Facilities:No federal facilities outside Big Bend National Park.
Activities:Fishing, whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing.
Special Features:The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River is part of a valuable ecological system that represents the major riparian and aquatic habitat associated with the Chihuahuan Desert.

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