Rio Grande Trail

Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site, Texas

Distance2.3mi
Elevation Gain126ft
Trailhead Elevation1,268ft
Top1,372ft
Elevation Min/Max1265/1372ft
Elevation Start/End1268/1268ft

Rio Grande Trail

Rio Grande Trail is a hiking trail in Val Verde County, Texas. It is within Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 1,268 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 126 feet. Along the trail there are shelters. This trail connects with the following: Canyon Rim Trail and Middle Fork Trail.

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100 Classic Hikes in Texas (The Mountaineers Books)
E. Dan Klepper
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"Despite its tiny size, only 2173 acres, Seminole Canyon is a choice park. It packs a lot of wallop into a small package including pictographs, rock shelters, deep limestone canyons, Chinese railroad camp ephemera from the 1800s, a superb interpretive center, and a convenient camping stopover on a hiker’s way to points farther west. Whenever someone inquires about the best time to visit Seminole Canyon, I usually answer “after it rains.” The region is hot and dry despite the close proximity to the Rio Grande River, a shiny dung-colored ribbon in constant motion as if some invisible ladle were stirring blood into mercury. Bring plenty of water, even in winter months, to be sure that you make it to the final shade shelter with its view overlooking the river."

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11/2/2007
As far as parks go, this one is great. The park ranger I met there was absolutely top notch. The park is well maintained and staffed by courteous, knowledgeable people. As far as mountain biking go, its just fair. The scenery is stunning, but the ride is basically flat double track gravel roads. Nice place to explore and enjoy the scenery, but not really a mountain bike trail for anyone looking for more than a basic stroll. Overall though, worth checking out.
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Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site
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