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The Rio Grande in Texas


El Paso

 thumbnail - Sweeping view over El Paso from Vista Road in the Franklin Mountains

Sweeping view over El Paso from Vista Road in the Franklin Mountains

, Texas

January 1, 2003
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Mission Socorro near El Paso

 thumbnail - Mission Socorro, founded in 1681

Mission Socorro, founded in 1681

, Texas

December 31, 2002
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Spanish Missions Near El Paso

Fort Leaton, a former cavalry post on the Rio Grande

 thumbnail - Looking over the Rio Grande floodplain from Fort Leaton, near Presidio

Looking over the Rio Grande floodplain from Fort Leaton, near Presidio

, Texas

January 9, 2003
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The Rio Grande in Big Bend Ranch State Park

 thumbnail - Riparian vegetation along the Rio Grande, Big Bend Ranch State Park

A lush riparian zone along the Rio Grande (which is also the international boundary), Big Bend Ranch State Park

, Texas

January 9, 2003
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A resort on the Rio Grande at Lajitas

 thumbnail - The Ultimate Hideout restaurant and bar overlooking the golf course at Lajitas

The Ultimate Hideout restaurant and bar overlooking the golf course at Lajitas

, Texas

January 9, 2003
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Lajitas and Terlingua

Terlingua Ghost Town

 thumbnail - Terlingua Ghost Town, which is actually fairly well populated

Terlingua Ghost Town, which is actually fairly well populated

, Texas

January 9, 2003
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Lajitas and Terlingua

Deep narrow Santa Elena Canyon

 thumbnail - Santa Elena Canyon on the Rio Grande

The center of the river is the international boundary, the far shore is Mexico. From that side it is known as the Rio Bravo.

Big Bend National Park, Texas

March 28, 2014
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Santa Elena Canyon

Santa Elena Canyon cuts through a massive limestone escarpment

 thumbnail - Santa Elena Canyon Overlook in Big Bend National Park

This startling view of the Santa Elena Canyon section of the Rio Grande amazes people. They ask, why did the river cut through the mountain instead of going around it?

Big Bend National Park, Texas

March 28, 2014
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Santa Elena Canyon

The Rio Grande near Castolon

 thumbnail - Evening view of the Rio Grande near Castolon

The Rio Grande forms the international boundary, and on the Mexican side is known as the Rio Bravo

Big Bend National Park, Texas

March 27, 2014
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Castolon

The old Mariscal mercury mine on the River Road

 thumbnail - Next to where the furnace and still were located, Mariscal mercury mine

Next to where the furnace and still were located, Mariscal mercury mine

, Texas

January 7, 2003
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The River Road

The Rio Grande at Solis on the River Road

 thumbnail - The Rio Grande at Solis, halfway along the River Road

The Rio Grande at Solis, halfway along the River Road

, Texas

January 7, 2003
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The River Road

Rio Grande Hot Springs bathing pool

 thumbnail - Foundations of the bath house at Rio Grande Hot Springs

In the days of the old resort a building covered the 105° hot spring here on the south bank of the Rio Grande

Big Bend National Park, Texas

March 28, 2014
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Rio Grande Village and Rio Grande Hot Springs

Boquillas Crossing, ferry across the Rio Grande to Mexico

 thumbnail - The legal border crossing at Boquillas

With the re-opening of the Boquillas Port of Entry in 2013, small boats once again ferry passengers across the Rio Grande. Once across, tourists can ride in a car or a truck, or on horseback, to the village, where there are souvenir stands, bars, and a restaurant.

Big Bend National Park, Texas

March 29, 2014
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Boquillas

The Rio Grande just above Boquilas Canyon

 thumbnail - Bedrock mortar holes next to the Rio Grande

These mortar holes in the bedrock next to the Rio Grande at Boquillas Canyon were used by indigenous peoples to grind grains and roots

Big Bend National Park, Texas

March 28, 2014
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The Judge Roy Bean Center at Langtry

 thumbnail - Langtry post office and Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center

The Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center, also known as the Texas Travel Information Center at Langtry, is run by the Texas Department of Transportation. It incorporates a museum and the original Jersey Lilly Saloon.

Langtry, Texas

March 30, 2014
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Judge Roy Bean's Jersey Lily Saloon

Amistad Reservoir on the Rio Grande

 thumbnail - Highway and railroad bridges across Amistad Reservoir

Amistad Dam on the Rio Grande was built cooperatively by Mexican and American government agencies in 1969. The Devils River, flowing in from the north, creates a major fork of the reservoir, crossed here by highway and railroad. The American shoreline is protected as Amistad National Recreation Area.

Governors Landing, Devils River, Amistad National Recreation Area, Texas

March 30, 2014
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Amistad National Recreation Area and Seminole Canyon

The Rio Grande at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

 thumbnail - Looking across the Rio Grande into Mexico at Santa Ana Refuge

Though still many miles from its end at the Gulf of Mexico, the Rio Grande flows slowly through this very flat country. In Mexico it is known as the Rio Bravo.

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Texas

March 31, 2014
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The Mexican border fence at Sabal Palm Sanctuary

 thumbnail - Sabal Palm Grove road at the border fence

This massive fence runs parallel to the river through most of the lower Rio Grande Valley. It is supplemented by towers with cameras and motion sensors, plus regular patrols.

Sabal Palm Sanctuary, near Brownsville, Texas

April 1, 2014
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Sabal Palm Preserve

The Rio Grande at the Sabal Palm Preserve

 thumbnail - Bird watching shelter on the Rio Grande at Sabal Palm Refuge

The Rio Grande/Rio Bravo is the actual border between Mexico and the United States, running 1255 miles (2019 km), from El Paso in the desert to the humid Gulf of Mexico. This sub-tropical area is a mecca for birders, affording a chance to see Mexican species that are very rare further north.

Sabal Palm Sanctuary, near Brownsville, Texas

April 1, 2014
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South Padre Island is just north of the mouth of the Rio Grande

 thumbnail - Condo towers on South Padre Island

A few huge buildings, including the 31 story Sapphire Condos twin towers, characterize the built-up portion of South Padre Island. An even taller building, the Ocean Tower, was demolished in 2009 before it was even finished. Despite the heavy clouds it was 80

South Padre Island, Texas

April 1, 2014
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