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Boquillas Canyon Trail

  3.9 ( 31 ) Favorite


1.3 mile 2.1 kilometer loop


Ascent: 121' 37 m
Descent: -121' -37 m
High: 1,882' 574 m
Low: 1,798' 548 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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

Hunter R

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

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


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.


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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Apr 26, 2019
Sarah Kunz
Apr 20, 2019
Shelley Statler
1.7mi — 1h 04m
Apr 17, 2019
Ashton Salter
Apr 15, 2019
Maria R
Gorgeous canyon views along tbe Rio Grande. Try finding your echo at the trail end! The canyon walls on the Mexico side will speak back to you! You… 2.6mi — 0h 45m
Mar 14, 2019
Rocio Salgad
Feb 23, 2019
Jason Draper
Feb 6, 2019
Dan P

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  3.9 from 31 votes


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Boquillas Canyon
Nov 9, 2015 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
The mouth of Boquillas Canyon is spectacular from the west side.
Mar 7, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Overlooking the Rio Grande River and the boundary of two countries
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Boquillas Canyon
Oct 15, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX


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