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Whitewater Rafting Guide To River Trips


A visit to Big Bend National Park would be incomplete without a one to six-day Texas whitewater rafting trip on the Rio Grande. Big Bend National Park is several hours away from any large metropolitan area, yet every year it attracts thousands of visitors to its magnificent desert landscape.

Rio Grande Rafting Trips (Class I-III):
High-walled canyons, dramatic desert scenery, and an incredible wilderness atmosphere set the stage for Rio Grande river rafting trips. River trips in Big Bend range in length from one-day float trips to multi-day river rafting vacations. One-day Rio Grande rafting trips meander through a mountainous landscape with a brief stop for lunch in Mexico. Two or three-day overnight river trips allow time to digest the splendor of Big Bend in Santa Elena Canyon, Colorado Canyon, or Boquillas Canyon. The longest and most remote Big Bend river trip is a multi-day canoe float through the isolated and stunning Lower Canyons.

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More About Rafting in Texas

There are several outdoor activities in Big Bend including rafting and canoeing, hiking, ATV Jeep Tours, horseback riding and mountain biking. However, with warm to hot desert temperatures year-round, whitewater rafting is the most refreshing way to experience the dramatic canyons. Folks on Texas whitewater rafting trips enjoy not only the fun Class I and II rapids, cool breezes and spectacular scenery, but also the incredible history of the Chihuahuan Desert.