Devils River State Natural Area

All camping and facility stays are by reservation only. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance. The park is unable to accept payments of any kind.

Things to Do

Fed by numerous clear springs within the region's karst topography, the Devils River is one of the most ecologically intact rivers in Texas. From the hilltops and water's edge of Devils River State Natural Area, visitors can revel in the sight and sound of the river's waters tumbling over limestone past rugged ridges, canyons and grassy banks, giving life to diverse plants and wildlife.

The 37,000-acre state natural area consists of two units -- the original 20,000-acre state natural area, now called Del Norte, and the newly acquired 17,000-acre Dan A. Hughes Unit. At Del Norte, visitors can enjoy day hiking, primitive camping, nature viewing, mountain biking, horseback riding, swimming, and fishing. There is also a Group Barracks that holds up to 10 people. 

When planning your visit and activities, please note that it is about a one-mile hike or bike to the river from the parking area.

While the Dan A. Hughes unit remains in active design, planning and development stages, limited access is available for paddlers through the Devils River Access Permit system and through occasional  guided activities listed on our Events page. 

Devils River State Natural Area is unique in that it is primitive and isolated, with few amenities and no landscaped playgrounds. Visitors should bring their own food and water and be prepared for a rugged wilderness experience.

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

Preparing for a Trip on the Devils River

The wild, scenic Devils River draws paddlers seeking a pristine wilderness river experience. But a trip down the Devils River is very strenuous. We recommend it only for experienced paddlers equipped to spend at least three days in a remote area.

Whether planning just a day of paddling or a multi-day down river trip, carefully read Preparing for a Devils River Trip.

There is no other river in Texas so pristine. To maintain this quality, every paddler must take extra steps to treat this resource with respect.

You must have a Devils River Access Permit (DRAP) for trips on the Devils River that will include access to the Devils River State Natural Area or managed sites. The DRAP costs $10. Read more about the Devils River Access Permit.

Public Use and Planning

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is working with stakeholders and the public to develop management plans for Devils River State Natural Area, and for public use of the Devils River. These plans help us prepare for public access opportunities while still protecting the Devils River and the surrounding wilderness areas.

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic SiteKickapoo Cavern State Park, Amistad National Recreation Area, and the cities of Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña. More information on Lake Amistad can be found at the Amistad National Recreation Area website, the International Boundary & Water Commission website and the TPWD Amistad Reservoir website.

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

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.


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

1,300 feet - 2,080 feet.

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