Remote West Texas river. Part of Lake Amistad.
Located off US 90 approximately 40 miles west of Del Rio, near the point where the Pecos joins the Rio Grande.
Open all year
Maintained by National Park Service (830) 775-7491
Pecos Railroad Bridge: Located approximately 6 miles up river from the Pecos boat launch is the Pecos railroad bridge , also known as the "High Bridge." Paddling this part of the Pecos River is an excellent day trip. The tall, scenic limestone cliffs surround you, while offering side canyons to explore and wildlife watching opportunities. Birding is especially good all seasons.
Stop underneath the High Bridge and wait for trains to go overhead. This can be an exciting highlight of this trip. Next, paddle a short way up river from the bridge and look to the right for remnants of an old pump house. Here water was pumped up from the river to a water tank used by the old steam engines during the late 1800s. You might be able to see the concrete pilings of the old, rickety steel bridge of the 1890s on either side of the river near the pump house.
If you want to make the trip longer and camp out, the Pecos offers breathtaking scenery up river to Dead Mans Canyon and ultimately to Shumla Bend at the end of the park boundary 14 miles from the confluence of the Rio Grande. It can be done in one day (if you are an experienced paddler), but is best enjoyed when you have several days to explore the beauty the Pecos River offers. The fishing is good, too.
By far the best kayak trip I have ever taken. Plenty of places to explore and hike. The high canyon walls and deep water make for amazing scenery. There are a ton of bass, catfish and many others. My son and I paddled to the Railroad Highbridge. We fished along the way, but was just awe struck with all the things around us. This is one we will continue to come back to.