Rio Grande Canyon
(Big Bend National Park)

Description:

In the southeastern part of Big Bend National Park the Rio Grande disappears into a canyon (not to be confused with the Santa Elena Canyon in the southwestern portion of the park). When we were here, this was by far the hottest part of the park with temperatures well over 100 degrees in late September. I'd hate to see what it is like in July or August. To get here, you have to hike through a 1/2 mile or so of reeds, which made me feel like I was in Egypt or something. Once we arrived we found not only the canyon, but also a small group of horses. If you look closely you might by able to make them out in the lower right corner of the picture. We still are not sure whether they were wild horses or not - quite the unsolved mystery.

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Last modified: 16 October 1996, Karp@virginia.edu