Rio Grande - 6) Boquillas Canyon: Rio Grande Village to La Linda (33.1 miles)


Rio Grande, Texas, US

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6) Boquillas Canyon: Rio Grande Village to La Linda (33.1 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (varies with level)
Length 33.1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 3 fpm

Boquillas Canyon Entrance


Boquillas Canyon Entrance
Photo of Harry House by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 02/23/14 @ 80 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Rio Grande at Rio Grande Village, Big Bnd NP, TX
usgs-08375300 200 - 3000 cfs I 01h59m 72 cfs (too low)
Too low for reasonable whitewater trip.


River Description

This run is not know for its whitewater but Boquillas Canyon among one of the most scenic river trips in the country. This run can be done as a 3 day trip but a longer 5 day trip provides more time for hiking and exploration. The trip begins at the put-in at Rio Grande Village although some do this run as a continuation of the upstream runs. Rafts and kayaks will want at least 150cfs but you can get down the river and have a great time with much less water.

Camping is not permitted in the first 4.5 miles of the run before you enter the canyon. Veteran river runners recommend starting early in the day to avoid the fierce winds that can sometimes substantially slow progress in the open terrain before you the start of the canyons. 

Once your are inside Boquillas Canyon you will find plenty of options for camping on gravel bars or floodplain terraces and enjoy stunning canyon scenery for the next 15 miles. Take your time to enjoy this stretch that offers plenty of opportunities to explore side canyons. You can also check out the Marufo Vega Trail that offers options for a more extended hike through the desert landscape.

Logistics:

Put-in at the river access in Rio Grande Village.

The preferred take-out these days is at the Heath Canyon Ranch at La Linda. Access is available on the downstream river left side of the Gerestacker Bridge and across from the Fluorospar Plant on the Mexican side. Arrangements will need to be made with the caretaker of the ranch (Fred) before arriving at the take-out. If you are coming in from Marathon to do this trip, it is easiest to stop by Fred's first and he will run your shuttle so that your vehicle can be at the take-out when you get there. He charges a small landing fee (a few bucks per person) at the take-out. Also for vehicle storage (a few dollars per day), for overnight camping, and for shuttle ($100, cheap for the length and convenience), stopping at headquarters so you can obtain your permit as well.

For those looking to extend the trip you can put-in higher upstream or continue on past La Linda and through the Lower Canyons.

See also Big Bend National Park and their descriptive site, Floating the Rio.
See also the descriptions in Southwest Paddler.

Put-in is approximately 1810' elevation.
Take-out is approximately 1700' elevation.
Therefore total elevation change is approximately 110'.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-03-11 05:24:54

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
4.5Enter Boquillas CanyonN/APhoto
21.2Exit Boquillas CanyonN/APhoto
25.2Exit Big Bend National ParkN/APhoto
31.0Arroyo del VeinteIIPhoto

Rapid Descriptions

Enter Boquillas Canyon (Class N/A, Mile 4.5)

Boquillas Canyon Entrance

Boquillas Canyon Entrance
Photo of Harry House by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 02/23/14 @ 80 cfs


 



Exit Boquillas Canyon (Class N/A, Mile 21.2)

Exit of Boquillas Canyon

Exit of Boquillas Canyon
Photo of Harry House by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 02/23/14 @ 80 cfs


 



Exit Big Bend National Park (Class N/A, Mile 25.2)

Adams Ranch

Adams Ranch
Photo of Harry House by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 02/23/14 @ 80 cfs


 



Arroyo del Veinte (Class II, Mile 31.0)

Arroyo del Veinte Rapids

Arroyo del Veinte Rapids
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 02/23/14 @ 80 cfs

Below 1,000 cfs, boulders are exposed that can flip canoes.




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