Mysterious and intimate, Mariscal Canyon is the most remote canyon in Big Bend National Park. Here the Rio Grande swings northward, forming the “big bend” of the river. Mariscal Canyon is accessible only by a dirt road which, although lengthy, affords spectacular and seldom-seen views of the Chisos Mountains. This section (Talley to Soils) covers a 10-mile stretch of the Rio Grande through beautiful rock formations that have narrow canyon walls reaching 1,800 feet above the river.
Since you need a high clearance vehicle to reach Mariscal Canyon, it is a wonderfully remote day or overnight river trip. It is the shortest canyon in the park, 10 miles long, with varied scenery and stunning limestone cliffs rising up to 1,400 feet. A few Class II-III rapids (depending on water levels) give this excursion some excitement. Check with a ranger about road conditions before embarking on your journey.
The Marsical Canyon section of the Rio Grande offers primitive camping and fishing in a deep gorge along the Texas/Mexico border. It has stunning views of limestone cliffs and a few class II-III rapids. It can be done as a full day or overnight trip.rivers.gov
|One Night, 10.0 Miles
|National Park Service
|Wild & Scenic