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Boquillas Canyon Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.8 (47) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Verdant green waters and stunning limestone cliffs make the Boquillas Canyon Trail a great hike!


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1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

Out and Back

1,882' 574 m

High

1,798' 548 m

Low

121' 37 m

Up

121' 37 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Children will love to explore the sandy river bank along the trail.

Overview

Enjoy an easy journey into Boquillas Canyon with stunning views of sheer cliffs, meandering water, and inviting riverfront beaches. While this is not a long trail by any means, it can be the perfect one to enjoy a leisurely stroll on while reveling in your gorgeous natural surroundings.

Description

Starting at the Boquillas Canyon Trail Parking Area, descend a gentle slope into the canyon, handrailing the Rio Grande for a few hundred yards before coming to a wide sand bar alongside the river. Take your time at this spot - perhaps enjoy a picnic lunch and a few sips of water - before continuing on to the trail's end where the water meets the canyon walls.

For those who wish to experience Boquillas Canyon in its full glory, come during the evening to experience gorgeous sunsets drop behind the canyon's western walls. Just be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp so you can make your way safely back to your car.

Flora & Fauna

Numerous species of swallow and falcon can be seen perched in the sheer limestone cliffs of Boquillas Canyon.

History & Background

On the bluff overlooking the Rio Grande, keep an eye out for mortar holes formed from native inhabitants.

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  3.8 from 47 votes

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Photos

Looking out of Boquillas Canyon near the end of the trail.
May 24, 2021 near Big Ben…, TX
Boquillas Canyon
Nov 9, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Overlooking the Rio Grande from the top of Boquillas Canyon Trail.
May 24, 2021 near Big Ben…, TX
The sandy area on the northern shore is a fun place for kids to play.
Mar 7, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Boquillas Canyon
Oct 15, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
The mouth of Boquillas Canyon is spectacular from the west side.
Mar 7, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX

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Nov 12, 2021
David de la Garza
1.5mi — 0h 42m
Sep 27, 2021
John M
Sandy trail along the river with canyon views. Go at sunrise, not much shade here on hotter days. 1.3mi — 1h 00m
Sep 5, 2021
Drew Perry
Jun 2, 2021
Ashley Dalrymple
Super easy.
May 10, 2021
Luke Skywalker
Apr 26, 2021
Alyssa Alaniz
nice cool water 1.3mi
Apr 4, 2021
Olivia Koster
Cool hike along the top grande— horses in the water, wild burrows, goats across the river in Mexico, and Mexican trinkets
Mar 30, 2021
Scott Johnson
Danielle, Rhyan, Alex, Marie (Chris and Barb for the beginning) 1.3mi