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Devils River State Natural Area, Del Rio

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Devils River State Natural Area is a 37,000-acre (15,000 ha) section of three ecosystems, the Edwards Plateau, the Tamaulipan mezquital and the Chihuahuan Desert. It is located 66 miles (106 km) north of Del Rio, Val Verde County in the U.S. state of Texas. In 1857, future Confederate General John Bell Hood and a small U.S. Cavalry force skirmished with a group of Comanche braves along the banks of the Devil's River. In 1873, Texas Ranger Captain Pat Dolan had a skirmish with Native Americans, at the falls named for him. Dolan Falls in the natural area is the highest volume waterfall in Texas. The area was once home to the Comanche, Kiowa and Kickapoo tribes. Pictographs painted with red panthers are found in the area's fifty-three rock shelters, which archeologists have dated to 3000 b.c.. The "Buffalo dancer" pictograph depicts a Native American.
Named for the whitewater Devils River that runs through it, the area was once part of a large working ranch, but purchased by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1988. The area is home to many varieties of flora and fauna, including the Mexican free-tailed bat as well as live oak, pecan and sycamore trees. Devils River state natural area is a remote location surrounded by private ranches. Floating on the river is a three-day trip, with no modern conveniences available. While campsites are available, campers are advised to bring all basic necessities with them. Visitors are required to remove everything they bring into the area.
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  • This review is geared more towards families thinking of making this as a day trip. ***apply sunscreen, sunscreen, water, water, water**** First, forget the wagon, a few down hills are steep and...  more »
  • Check out Devils River Area and see the natural beauty that Del Rio has to offer. The scenery is spectacular and the rocks and mountain views are surreal.  more »
  • It's a breathtaking place, no doubt, but the roads getting there were hell on my camper van. I loved the peace and quiet here, tons of wildlife, gorgeous river. However, I did not appreciate Barney Fife (ranger) sneaking up to the back of my van at night where I was sleeping just to hear himself talk. That's a dangerous situation (for him and me) that could have easily been avoided.
  • Most beautiful water in Texas. You will go through some rough terrain, be sure to drive in a vehical that can handle it. Well worth the drive!

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