Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River Article

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Rio Grande Wilde and Scenic River
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Rio Grande - Wild and Scenic River.jpg
Rio Grande - Wild and Scenic River.jpg
Map showing the location of Rio Grande Wilde and Scenic River
Map showing the location of Rio Grande Wilde and Scenic River
Location New Mexico and Texas
Coordinates 29°29′0″N 103°18′0″W / 29.48333°N 103.30000°W / 29.48333; -103.30000
RIO GRANDE WILD AND SCENIC RIVER Latitude and Longitude:

29°29′0″N 103°18′0″W / 29.48333°N 103.30000°W / 29.48333; -103.30000
Area9,600 acres
EstablishedOctober 2, 1968
Governing body Bureau of Land Management United States Forest Service, National Park Service
Website Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River
TypeWild, Scenic
DesignatedOctober 2, 1968

The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River was established in 1968 to protect 55.7 miles (89.6 km) of the Rio Grande river in New Mexico. In 1978, an additional 191.2 miles (307.7 km) of the river in Texas was added followed by 12.5 miles (20.1 km) in New Mexico in 1994.

The Wild and Scenic River in New Mexico runs from the New Mexico/Colorado border approximately 68 miles (109 km) south. The lower 4 miles of the Red River, a tributary of the Rio Grande in Taos County, New Mexico, was also added to the Wild and Scenic River System. The two rivers intersect in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area

Approximately 69 miles (111 km) of the Wild and Scenic River in Texas is within Big Bend National Park; the remainder is downstream of Big Bend. Three rugged canyons are preserved under this designation. Boquillas Canyon is the most accessible, as it can be reached via a popular RV campground. Mariscal Canyon can only be entered via a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle, while, due to rapid size, entrance to the Lower Canyon is only possible by signing an NPS liability waiver. The wild and scenic river designation does not apply to Santa Elana Canyon, which is the most popular recreational area in Big Bend.

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