The Devils River may have a menacing name, but this river is actually one of the most pristine rivers in the entire state. Due to its remote location, a lack of pollution from humans and animals keeps Devils River blue, clear and pollution-free. There are a couple ways to enjoy Devils River, from a day at Devils River State Natural Area to a three-day rafting trip on the river itself. Experience an immaculate part of Texas by visiting Devils River.

Devils River is 90 miles long and is located in southwest Texas. Now the river may be 90 miles in length, but some of the river flows underground and other parts are not navigable by kayak, canoe or raft. Therefore only about 40 miles of the river, from Bakers Crossing to Lake Amistad, boasts some good rafting spots.

Do keep in mind, however, that due to the river’s remoteness and to its more challenging stretches, only experienced rafters should attempt to raft Devils River. Since there are no take-out spots accessible by vehicle, rafters should expect to spend a few days out on the river. All rafters must maintain a Devils River Access Permit to enjoy Devils River.

For those who are not experienced rafters however, there are still things you can do to enjoy this untouched oasis. A visit to Devils River State Natural Area is a nice spot to explore the area surrounding the Devils River. Visitors typically go on day hikes, ride mountain bikes, go horseback riding or even fish and swim in Devils River. For those with backpacking experience, primitive camping in this state natural area is the perfect way to gain alone time in Texas nature. However there are barrack-style lodging options that hold up to 10 people. For those just wanting to see Devils River, simply walk the one mile from the parking lot to view this gem.

Don’t let the name scare you away from this Texas treasure. With such pristine water, the Devils River deserves a visit. No matter if you’re attempting to raft this remote water system or simply want to take a dip in the designated swimming area in Devils River State Natural Area, you’re sure to enjoy your time in Devils River.

Devils River Natural Area Information:

  • Address: 21715 Dolan Creek Rd, Del Rio, TX 78840
  • Phone number: (830) 395-2133
  • Office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fee: Day use is free, primitive camping is $10/night, group barracks is $20/night/person