A highlight of our Southwest Texas trip was seeing the Rio Grande, from up high, from riverside, and by way of a canoe trip. Not sure what I expected to find but the river is definitely not a formidable barrier on our Southern border!
The Rio Grande is the 4th longest river in the USA at 1,896 miles.
The river forms the border between Texas and Mexico, from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico.
The headwaters are in Colorado.
By the time the river reaches El Paso, almost all the water has been siphoned off to cities and farms.
The Rio Grande is replenished southeast of El Paso by the Rio Conchos.
It is narrow - 20 to 30 yards in most places.
It is a gently flowing stream although in times of flood it can be a raging torrent.
It is shallow – usually 3 feet or less.
There are some ripples but no rapids.
It is easily crossed. Just walk across or ride a horse across!
Mexicans looking for cattle ride horses or mules on both side of the river in Big Bend National Park depending on which side is the easiest riding. The locals get along fine and Border Patrol knows no harm is being done.
The river flows through some beautiful canyons like Santa Elena and Boquillas Canyon.
At Boquillas Crossing in Big Bend National Park, you can cross into Mexico by rowboat for $5 per person.