Big Bend/Rio Grande River Rafting, Texas
The Rio Grande flows down from Mexico and takes a U-turn near the Big Bend Country of south Texas. This section, known as the Big Bend River, flows through the Chihuahuan Desert and is the best desert river rafting spots across the country. The best period to go rafting in the Big Bend is from Thanksgiving to Easter, when other spots in the U.S. are too cold for a rafting trip.
The volcanic backdrop of the Colorado Canyon, where the Big Bend winds down scenic landscapes, is a popular destination with rafters.
The Santa Elena section of the river cuts a 1500 feet deep limestone canyon for 17 miles. This section features Class I-II rapids. The Rockslide Rapid is the most popular rapid among rafters. The waterfalls and swimming spots create a fun-filled ambience for the families. This section is abundant in wildlife. Bank beavers, burros and peccary along with birds like eagles, peregrine falcons and hawks can be sighted regularly throughout the exciting Big Bend rafting trip.
The section of Rio Grande through the Boquillas Canyon is protected as a National Wild and Scenic River. This section is extremely beautiful and the majestic Maderas del Carmen Mountains provides the perfect landscape to a thrilling ride.
The San Francisco, Regan and Panther Canyons form the Lower Canyon section of the river. This section is the largest part, running for over 70 miles across an isolated wilderness full of geologic history. The trips begin from the Black Gap Wilderness Area, which is dotted with lots of Class II rapids. Apart from rafting, you can also go hiking and enjoy the hot and cold springs of the river.
The banks of the Rio Grande are a treat to the eyes in spring-time when the spectacular hues of wildflowers enliven the place. Foliage in Big Bends desert include Cacti, mesquite, while river cane, salt cedar and cottonwood.
The diversity of the Rio Grande attracts visitors in hordes. The picturesque Santa Elena Canyon, the desert landscapes and mountainous landscapes amidst attractive flora and fauna make the rafting trip a memorable experience.