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Amistad National Recreation Area


  • Texas

photo: Amistad NPS Archive

Why go there?

Amistad National Recreation Area is a federally protected recreation area located in southwest Texas. The centerpiece of the park is Amistad Reservoir, which was created by the construction of Amistad Dam in 1969. The reservoir is situated at the confluence of the Rio Grande, the Devils River and the Pecos River, and it provides a variety of recreational opportunities for visitors, including fishing, boating, and swimming. In addition to the reservoir, the park also includes several hiking trails, camping sites and picnicking areas. Amistad National Recreation Area is a popular destination for both locals and tourists, and it receives more than 1 million visitors each year.

About the Park

  • Natural

  • Boating

  • Fishing

  • Swimming

  • Hiking

  • Camping

  • Picnicking

  • Junior Ranger Program

  • Canoeing & kayaking

  • Scenic driving

  • Biking

  • Bird and wildlife viewing

  • Visitor center

  • Ranger programs

  • Stargazing

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