Four to six days on the river is a relaxing, easy-paced journey. Sit back and enjoy yourself amongst the canyons, listen to the various birdsong or photograph some of the most spectacular scenery to be found in the Southwest. Come and explore:
This trip combines two wonderful, yet distinctly different canyons. Colorado Canyon has multicolored volcanic rock formations with colorful cacti and flowers growing from the canyon walls. Once out of Colorado Canyon we enter another small canyon called Dark Canyon that lies below "Big Hill". Continuing on, you'll pass through the Madera and Grassy Banks Area and past the Lajitas Resort on the way to the majestic Santa Elena Canyon. Enjoy the view of the mountains in the background as you leisurely float down the river to Entrance Rapid and the beginning of Santa Elena Canyon.
Sheer majestic walls, beauty and quiet grandeur, you'll find Santa Elena Canyon is incomparable. It's canyon walls reach skyward over 1500 feet above you. Santa Elena offers several class I and II rapids and Rockslide Rapid which can be a class IV rapid if there is adequate water levels. Low or high water, Rockslide will make your heart pound faster as you slide between house sized boulders in the maze created by a massive rock fall. Santa Elena is the most popular canyon trip on the Rio Grande.
Boquillas Canyon is the longest and most tranquil of Big Bend's major canyons. The Rio Grande has carved into the Sierra del Carmen mountains, creating canyon vistas rising thousands of feet from river to rim. At times, we see El Pico, a 7,000-foot limestone pedestal, looming above us.
On this leisurely multi-day float trip, you have time for nature study, star gazing, campfires, and just plain relaxing. Boquillas' few rapids are gentle class I and II. The scenery on this trip makes it a photographers paradise. With adequate water levels this trip can be done in three days but is preferred at four to five days giving you more time to explore the many side canyons.
* Mariscal River Trips require us to go down the River Road in the National Park. This road can become inaccessible in rainy seasons. Please inquire about road and water level conditions the day before your trip by calling us!
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