Rio Grande - 4. Mariscal Canyon: Talley to Solis Landing (10 miles)

Rio Grande, Texas, US


4. Mariscal Canyon: Talley to Solis Landing (10 miles)

Usual Difficulty II (varies with level)
Length 10 Miles
Avg. Gradient 12 fpm

Mariscal Canyon Entrance

Mariscal Canyon Entrance
Photo taken 06/16/12

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Rio Grande at Rio Grande Village, Big Bnd NP, TX
usgs-08375300 200 - 5000 cfs I(II) 01h23m 187 cfs (too low)
Marginal flows. Can be done, if desperate. This gauge is 10-15 miles downstream of this reach.

River Description

Typical 3 day trip due to long shuttle. Lowest recommended 200 cfs -- Can be run in a raft even at low water levels (I ran it in a big fat gear boat at 140 cfs last year although I would not recommend it to anyone).

Solis River Access (take-out) is a long dirt road from the pavement, requiring 4 wheel drive.

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

Put-in is approximately 1900' elevation.
Take-out is approximately 1880' elevation.
Therefore total elevation change is approximately 120'.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-07-14 05:03:41

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
1.0Mariscal CanyonN/A
2.6Rock Pile RapidII
3.3Tight Squeeze RapidII+

Rapid Descriptions

Mariscal Canyon (Class N/A, Mile 1.0)


Rock Pile Rapid (Class II, Mile 2.6)

A few large boulders block the river. Run left to right.

Tight Squeeze Rapid (Class II+, Mile 3.3)

Right through the tight squeeze.

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