Texas Pecos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Del Rio: Devil's River State Natural Area

Photo by TPWD

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 the 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. Visitors can enjoy  day hiking, primitive camping, nature viewing, mountain-biking, horseback riding, and guided rock-art tours by appointment.

Access to the river (0.9 miles from the parking area) is by hiking, biking or pre-arranged tour only; no public vehicle access permitted. Paddler put-in for canoes and kayaks only may be available by special appointment. No motorized boats are allowed. Devils River State Natural Area is unique in that it is very 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.


  • Dolan Creek Road
  • Del Rio, Texas
  • 78840


Hours & Fees

  • Open Friday through Monday for day use or drive-in camping.

  • Free Day Use. Camping Fees: Contact the Park

Map & Directions

From Del Rio, go north on State Highway 277 for 45 miles, turn left on Dolan Creek Road (gravel) and go 18.6 miles to the SNA boundary. Dolan Creek Road is a rough 22-mile gravel/dirt county road with multiple low-water crossings. ou see flowing water! Use caution if you see flowing water! This is working ranch country, so please drive carefully and be mindful of loose livestock. High-clearance vehicles with 8-ply rating minimum (to minimize flats and blowouts) are recommended. The nearest service station is 25 miles away and is not open all the time. The nearest full service station is 65 miles away.


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Read more about Devils River in the Handbook of Texas Online.