Hike to the Boquillas Hot Springs
Texas › Hot Springs Historic Trailhead
Added by Korey Taylor
Soak in geothermal hot springs that sits on the Rio Grande. The Boquillas Hot Springs sits at 105 degrees year round.
The Boquillas Hot Springs are the most famous of geothermal hot springs along the big bend of the Rio Grande River. The springs were originally built into a bathhouse by J.O. Langford in the 1900s and while only remnants of the building remain it's still a perfect place to soak after a day of hiking in Big Bend National Park.
The springs are located where the Tornillo creek enters the Rio Grande River about four miles upriver from Boquillas Canyon. The trailhead is located off of Hot Springs Road (gravel road) and there is a parking lot at the end for easy parking. The trail is only about half a mile from the parking lot and is relatively flat the entire way. Make sure to be on the lookout for ancient pictographs of the walls leading to the hot springs. Since it's in the desert I would recommend bringing a lot of water with you to the hot springs because spending time in the hot water will dehydrate you. This an amazing spot in Big Bend and shouldn't be missed!
- Hiking Shoes
- Bathing Suit
- Water bottle
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One of the most tranquil and calm places I've been on earth. The narrow, unfenced, and unmanned portion of the Rio Grande River, separating the US and Mexico, really puts political differences into perspective. With border security drawing so much attention lately, visiting this relaxing hot spring, 20 feet from Mexico, really makes the world feel small and connected. At the hot spring, there are no politicians screaming about walls or reforms; the only sound to be heard is the faint ripple of the river.
Swim the Rio Grande
Not only are the hot springs a wonderful evening trip following a heavy day of hiking but a quick jump into the Rio Grande when the waters are high is a great way to experience the thrill of the rushing water that splits Mexico and the US. Ride it for 50m or 500m as long as you get out on the US side its not a problem.
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