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Texas whitewater, Rio Grande

Brewster county, Lajitas to Terlingua Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II(IV)     17 miles
  The Lajitas to Terlingua Creek section of Rio Grande in Texas is 17 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II(IV) section. The wonderful Brewster County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. The average Texas whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind
    that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. You might be into whitewater rafting
or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are not so many other good spots for that around here. There's camping available near Rio Grande. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Lajitas to Terlingua Creek section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Rio Grande is right by the Santa Elena Canyon
 
Trail, and hiking along the Tuff Canyon Trail is perfect fun. Rio Grande is generally a quite dried up place. Through the month of September you get the most rain around here while March is generally the driest month. For the duration of the days of summer here at Rio Grande, high temperatures mostly get into the 100's, and the overnight is rather cooler of course, generally in the 70's. All through the winter highs are in the 60's, and after the sun is down all through the winter temperatures at Rio Grande sink into the 30's.

Rio Grande, Lajitas to Terlingua Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Rio Grande.
 Whitewater Near Rio Grande:
Rio Grande, Brewster County, 6 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 17 miles long (Lajitas to Terlingua Creek)
Terlingua Creek, Brewster County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 16 miles long (FM 170 to Rio Grande)
Terlingua Creek, Brewster County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 23 miles long (Agua Fria Road to FM 170)
Rio Grande, Presidio County, 26 miles away
      Class II+ - 21 miles long (Rancherias Canyon to Lajitas)
 Campgrounds Near Rio Grande:
Maverick Ranch RV Park at Lajitas Resort and Spa, Lajitas, 6 miles away
Big Bend National Park - Terlingua Abaja, Terlingua, 7 miles away
Big Bend National Park - Ocotillo Grove, Terlingua, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Rio Grande:
Santa Elena Canyon Trail, Brewster , 7 miles away
Tuff Canyon Trail, Brewster , 15 miles away
Big Bend Ranch State Park Trail, Presidio , 16 miles away
Chimneys Trail, Brewster , 16 miles away
Terlingua Trail, Brewster , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio Grande:
Big Bend National Park, Big Bend National Park - TX , 36 miles away
Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River, Big Bend National Park - TX , 36 miles away

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