The River Road Lajitas to Presidio

Lajitas, Texas

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A winding, 50-mile paved highway through spectacular canyon and mountain country along the Rio Grande. The highway between Lajitas and Presidio may well be the most scenic drive in Texas. The road follows the Rio Grande through Colorado Canyon, a rugged defile cut through the lava flows of the Bofecillos and Sierra Rica volcanoes. The road twists and winds and has very steep grades of 15 percent in places; drivers of large RVs or vehicles with trailers should make sure that their brakes and engines are in excellent operating condition. The drive starts in Lajitas, a small village on the Rio Grande. Because the town lies on a stretch of the river not hemmed in by deep canyons, it has long been a river crossing, used by everyone from early Indians to modern tourists. Special attractions: Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area, Colorado Canyon, Fort Leaton State Historical Park, hiking, river trips, views, camping. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

The River Road: Lajitas to Presidio Professional Review and Guide

"A winding, 50-mile paved highway through spectacular canyon and mountain country along the Rio Grande. The highway between Lajitas and Presidio may well be the most scenic drive in Texas. The road follows the Rio Grande through Colorado Canyon, a rugged defile cut through the lava flows of the Bofecillos and Sierra Rica volcanoes. The road twists and winds and has very steep grades of 15 percent in places; drivers of large RVs or vehicles with trailers should make sure that their brakes and engines are in excellent operating condition.

The drive starts in Lajitas, a small village on the Rio Grande. Because the town lies on a stretch of the river not hemmed in by deep canyons, it has long been a river crossing, used by everyone from early Indians to modern tourists. Special attractions: Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area, Colorado Canyon, Fort Leaton State Historical Park, hiking, river trips, views, camping. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Lajitas
Distance: 50
Season: October through March
Local Contacts: Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area
Driving Directions: Directions to The River Road: Lajitas to Presidio

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May 2018