Rio Grande Village Drive is a 20.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, birding, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 20.3 miles Elevation Gain: 416 feet Route Type: Point to Point

kid friendly

nature trips

scenic driving

bird watching

partially paved


wild flowers

no dogs

A scenic drive through the desert.

4 months ago

We drove this portion of the park after a morning hike and stop at the fossil museum. The end wasn’t anything special, but the overlook just after the tunnel was worth the stop.

Thu May 02 2019

Very nice drive from Panther Junction. Very interesting location. Next time we will cross over into Mexico.

scenic driving
Thu Feb 21 2019

The drive from Panther Junction to the Rio Grande Village area features some pretty great views of the more desert-esque landscapes of the park, but like all drives, it's nowhere near the actual trail experience...

Mon Sep 24 2018

Short and nice in morning

scenic driving
Tue May 08 2018

This is a great scenic road from Panther Junction. It's got lots of great hikes. A seasonal Visitor Center, a campground & store. The only crossing into Mexico in the park is here. Saw roadrunners, coyote, rabbits & javelina!!

Fri Apr 06 2018

The road was smooth, the scenery great, and I got way too excited driving through the tunnel.

scenic driving
Sun Dec 31 2017

Drive was awesome and smooth. Rio Grande Area is a large Oasis area different than rest of the park as the river has a lot of low ground to keep moist and provide water for plant life.

scenic driving
Sun Nov 26 2017

scenic driving
Thu Aug 24 2017

Scenic drive from Panther Junction to the Rio Grande Village. Make sure you stop to take pics at the overlook after going through the tunnel.

Sun May 21 2017

very scenic and beautiful with a nice tunnel, don't go past the road to the right if you would rather drive than hike to the hot springs. still a little trail but nice and shaded. the road is narrow as can be.

Wed Mar 29 2017

My dogs preferred this ride to some of our off-road drives

Wed Jul 29 2015

The drive itself is pretty uneventful but I recommend going all the way to the end and hiking to Boquilles Canyon. It is about 3 miles round trip and hot in the summer. It takes you right down the the Rio Grande River. The canyon not as high as Santa Elana is still impressive. You can even take a dip in the river to cool off!

scenic driving
Tue Mar 04 2014

amazing views!

scenic driving
Fri Apr 06 2012

This is a paved road from Panther Junction down to Rio Grande Village, where there's a visitor's center, store, and campground. There's usually about a 10 degree difference in temperature. It was 105 at Rio Grande village, and 95 at Panther Junction in April, 2010, when I was there last.

5 months ago

6 months ago

recorded Rio Grande Village Drive

Fri May 24 2019

Mon Jul 03 2017

scenic driving
Thu Feb 11 2016