The River Road: Lajitas to Presidio is a 66.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Terlingua, Texas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, bird watching, and scenic driving and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length66.4 miElevation gain3,861 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashkid friendlyNature tripsScenic drivingBird watchingPavedRiverViewswild-flowersFee
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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 very scenic drive along the Rio Grande!

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Suning User
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Scenic drivingGreat!
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Nicador Chapa
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Scenic drivingGreat!

I wish I would have planned the whole day for the stretch. There were a lot of pull off locations for phots but think the one I want to go back to this little pull off to the river. I didn’t see it at first but when you pull off you see the trail that leads to the water and is a good place to swim if it was warmer. I plan of doing the trip again to spend more time by the river.

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Fancy Yuen
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The river is beautifully green

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Ashley Emerald User
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Scenic drivingGreat!

We did this scenic drive out to Terlingua even though it was longer but it did not disappoint! Beautiful views and areas to stop and explore along the way.

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We never tire of riding this road and exploring the many sites along the way.

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Wendy Springfield
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Scenic driving

Beautiful

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David Goldstein
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Scenic driving

Beautiful. One of the most dramatic drives in Texas. See the article at http://www.texasmonthly.com/travel/on-the-road-again-big-bend/. Note that the entire highway is now paved.

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Steve Eaves
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Nice scenery. Roads frequently have places to pull off at the most scenic areas, but not all.

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Deborah Williams
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Scenic driving

Just completed El Camino del Rio (The River Road) for the third time in the past three years. We meet a group of Shelby owners in Lajitas every October and this road is an integral part of our experience. This year was by far the best, as the recent rains have made the area more lush and the Rio Grande fuller. This is a stark land, but the magnificence cannot be denied. I highly recommend this drive, along with visits to nearby Big Bend National and State Parks, and up to the Fort Davis Mountains to experience the beauty of the Big Bend.

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Jack Tatsch
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One of the most beautiful drives in Texas. Follows the Rio Grande most of the way; steep grades, and winding road.

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Scott Hanlon
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Rachal RoessBoss
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Rachal RoessBoss
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J. B. McS
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Victor Quijano
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Alex Alvarado
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Jeff Crawford
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Julie Parks
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Jack Tatsch
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