Big Bend Conservancy
2019 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!
This GuideWith improvements in equipment and increased knowledge, river trips today are not necessarily the arduous trials that they were in the nineteenth century,but the user of this guide must realize that the Rio Grande is a living thing and that like all living things, it changes. Major flash floods from side canyons can and do completely change the nature of any rapids formed where the tributary flow enters the river. The water level of the river fluctuates constantly. Rapids can become minor ripples or be shifted to surprising locations as boulder beds are rolled about by major rises. Sand and gravel bars disappear, reappear, and relocate with every rise and fall of the river.In that sense, every Lower Canyons trip is a journey of discovery just like the first. For that reason, this guide avoids specific information that could be outdated by the next heavy rainfall. The maps are intended to help you know where you are and what to expect, but we cannot provide the two most important ingredients: common sense and skill.
All photographs and content posted by members are to be considered copyrighted by their respective owners and may not be used for any purposes, commercial or otherwise, without permission.