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Devils River State Natural Area

River Wild

In southwest Texas, far from all cities and most people, lies one of the most pristine rivers in Texas. Clear spring-fed water tumbles past rugged ridges, scenic canyons and brushy banks. It’s not easy to get here, but it’s worth the effort.

Things to Do

Devils River State Natural Area offers a wilderness ex­per­i­ence, on the river and on land. Be prepared to pack in all supplies and water, and pack out all trash.

On the river

You can go swimming, fishing and paddling in the river. Note: It’s a one-mile hike from the parking lot to the river. You’ll need to carry all your gear, so pack lightly!

If you plan to swim or paddle at the park, read through our water safety tips.

Paddling

Paddling the wild and scenic river can be strenuous. Only experienced paddlers with at least three days of supplies should attempt extended down-river trips.

Visit Preparing for a Devils River Trip if you are planning to paddle outside the natural area’s boundaries.

You must have a Devils River Access Permit (DRAP) if you plan to access the Devils River State Natural Area or our paddler camps on an extended paddling trip. The DRAP costs $10. Read more about the Devils River Access Permit.

On land

Explore on foot or bike to see this land where ancient native people lived. The river and surrounding wilderness sup­ports a wide array of plants and an­i­mals, so you’ll enjoy nature watching, as well.

Campsites & group barracks

Drive-up campsites in the park are primitive, with no water, elec­tri­city or restrooms. We have a bathhouse with showers near the Visitor Center.

The rustic group barracks has five bedrooms with two single beds in each room. It has water and elec­tri­city, as well as an ADA bath­room with shower.

Make reservations by calling (512) 389-8901 at least one day before your stay.

Note: The park cannot take payments or same-day campers.

Natural Area

State natural areas protect special places and species. As such, they offer limited amenities and unlimited nature.

The river connects two Devils River State Natural Area properties. Del Norte and Dan A. Hughes units en­com­pass 37,000-plus acres in Val Verde County.

At Del Norte, you can visit for the day or camp at drive-up sites. This unit also has a visitor center and other amenities.

Pending further development, you can only access the Dan A. Hughes Unit from the river, with a DRAP. We some­times lead special programs at this unit; check our Events page.

Learn more about these units on the Public Use and Planning page.

Help us protect the Devils River and this natural area by leaving no trace of your stay.

Ranger Programs

We occasionally lead programs on the nature and history of the Devils River area. Check our Events page for up­com­ing programs.

Learn more about the park:

Area Attractions

Nearest cities are Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña.

The Amistad National Recreation Area is downstream. Find more information about the reservoir on the International Boundary & Water Commission website and TPWD's Amistad Reservoir page.

Hurricane Evacuees:

Information on Free Camping

HC 01, Box 513
Del Rio, TX 78840

Latitude: 29.939694

Longitude: -100.970206

(830) 395-2133

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8901

Entrance Fees
  • Day Use: Free
Hours

Open 8 a.m. Friday - 5 p.m. Monday for day use or reserved drive-in camping.

River campsites are open daily for paddlers with advance permits to camp on their way downriver.

All overnight stays are by reservation only. Make reservations at least one day in advance; call (512) 389-8901.

We cannot process fees on site.

Permits are also required to camp at Amistad National Recreation Area; call (830) 775-8779.

Climate

It gets very hot in this part of Texas during the summer, so dress and prepare accordingly. Rainfall: 17.2 inches; January minimum: 38 degrees; July maximum: 98 degrees. Current campsites offer minimal shade.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

1,300 feet - 2,080 feet.

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