Santa Elena Canoe

Since water levels are often unpredictable, we have two wonderful location options for this trip. One is the infamous Devils River which is spring fed, clear, and pristine. It is a jewel in the desert with such magical challenges like Dolan Falls. The other option is to gain a new perception of political boundaries as you canoe 30 miles of the Rio Grande, with Texas on your left and Mexico on your right. Awesome cliffs rise up on both sides as you paddle through Boquillos canyon providing great photo opportunities.  Keep your eyes peeled for wild horses, donkeys and rare desert bighorn sheep. Either way, this trip will be awesome.



Trip Registration Info

Trip Dates:
April 18 - 21

Early Registration Deadline:
April 2

Late Registration Deadline:
April 9

E arly Trip Cost:

Late Trip Cost:

Trip Specifics

Devils River or Rio Grande River, Texas


Learning Goals:
Canoeing basics such as paddling strokes and working together, aspects of desert river ecology, portaging, aspects of Leave No Trace environmental ethics

Prior Experience:
No experience required.

Physical/Mental Challenge:
Moderate. Much of the challenge comes from learning how to work with your partner to maneuver your canoe together.

Included with Trip Registration

  • All necessary equipment such as canoes, paddles, life jackets, tents, sleeping bags, etc
  • Transportation
  • Breakfast on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
  • Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner on Saturday and Sunday

What Will You Need?

All regular items from the OPC trip pack list plus:

  • Shoes for wearing in the water