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Big Bend National Park: Santa Elena Canyon

Paddle the Rio Grande through massive gorges on this exciting overnight. This 22-mile trip is easily done in 2 days.


Permit: Pick up a permit at Panther Junction or Big Bend Ranch State Park’s Barton Warnock Center in Lajitas.
Info: For shuttles, rentals, and guided trips, contact Big Bend River Tours (800-545-4240;

To Trailhead

Launch from the riverside park in Lajitas on TX 170 and take out 1 mile below the Santa Elena Canyon Overlook, 7 miles west of Big Bend National Park's Castolon Visitor Center.

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