The River Road: Lajitas to Presidio

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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, birding, 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.

Distance: 66.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,861 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

nature trips

scenic driving

bird watching




wild flowers

A very scenic drive along the Rio Grande!

10 days ago

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

scenic driving
Thu Dec 27 2018


scenic driving
Thu Dec 01 2016

Beautiful. One of the most dramatic drives in Texas. See the article at Note that the entire highway is now paved.

Thu Nov 03 2016

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

scenic driving
Fri Oct 11 2013

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.

scenic driving
Sat Mar 03 2012

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

2 months ago

scenic driving
7 months ago

scenic driving
Sun Jan 06 2019

scenic driving
Sun Oct 21 2018

Thu Feb 11 2016

scenic driving
Sat Oct 10 2015