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, bird watching, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

Length20.3 miElevation gain416 ftRoute typePoint to point
kid friendlyNature tripsScenic drivingBird watchingPartially pavedViewsWildflowersFeeNo dogs
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Big Bend National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. A scenic drive through the desert.

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Scott Sterling
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Hiking

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

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Dov Doviak
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Scenic driving

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...

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Michael Klein
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Short and nice in morning

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Cindy Keller
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Scenic driving

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!!

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

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Matthew Janis
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Scenic driving

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.

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Matthew King
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Scenic driving
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Sandy Carter
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Scenic driving

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.

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Eric Kinney
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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.

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

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Ron Angerer
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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!

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Jack Tatsch
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Scenic driving
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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.

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Peter Druschke
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Hiking
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Tomo Tamura
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Randie Henson
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Seunghun Yoon
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Chris O'Donnell
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Julie Parks
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Scenic driving