Rio Grande Village Drive

EASY 12 reviews
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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.

20.3 miles
416 feet
Point to Point

kid friendly


nature trips

scenic driving


wild flowers

no dogs

A scenic drive through the desert.

scenic driving
3 months ago

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!!

4 months ago

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

scenic driving
7 months ago

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
8 months ago

scenic driving
11 months ago

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.

Sunday, 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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 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
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

amazing views!

scenic driving
Friday, April 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.

Monday, July 03, 2017

scenic driving
Thursday, February 11, 2016