With crystal clear blue waters, the world’s oldest “books” and topographical wonders, Del Rio is a gem of a place that is home to many hidden treasures.
Located less than a mile from the Rio Grande and the Mexican town of Ciudad Acuña, this frontier town is just 150 miles west of San Antonio.
Here is your short list of things to do in this destination all year round.
Find an oasis in the desert
Fed by the Rio Grande, Pecos and Devils rivers, Lake Amistad is the jewel in Del Rio’s crown with year-round water sports, snorkeling, camping and hiking, not to mention its rich cultural history. It’s also the third largest lake in Texas and one of the best bass fishing spots in the state.
Discover the purest water in Texas
To the north of Lake Amistad is the Devils River State Natural Area. Once there, it’s a one mile hike from the parking lot to the river, but well worth it as you’ll be rewarded with clear spring-fed water tumbling down rugged ridges, scenic canyons and bushy banks. It is an idyllic place to swim, fish, paddle and more.
Be a rock star
Native American prehistoric paintings abound in this region and, at 4,000 years old, these pictographs are the oldest “books” in the world.
Discover the fascinating ancient stone stories about 40 minutes northwest of Amistad at Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Sitewhere you can join a walking tour.
There are also nearly 50 campsites available along with 10 miles of hiking and biking trails along the Rio Grande and the rim of Seminole Canyon.
Visit a winery that has aged well
As the oldest continuously operated winery in Texas, the Vineyard Val Vert is a must-visit for its meticulously crafted, award-winning wines. They are handcrafted in small batches using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation.
As the home of Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio preserves the base’s heritage and celebrates air power at Laughlin Heritage Foundation Museumwhere you can learn about the early years of aviation in the county and see artifacts related to the Cuban Missile Crisis and more.
Del Rio is a city of friendship, unity and love, and every October the people of there and neighboring Ciudad Acuña gather at the border to celebrate Amistad Festivala festival that celebrates both countries with a show and parade, chess tournament, bike race, arts and crafts, and more.
See (and hear) the scene
The Del Rio Arts Council hosts Monthly art walks the first Friday night of every month, which include local galleries like the Fire station, Falcon Art Gallery, Culture Houseand Lee-Bunch Studio Gallery.
You can also take you on the Rio Mural Tourwhich showcases more than 20 colorful public artworks across the city.
Stack your Friday night with Musical Notes, too. This summer concert series takes place at Brown Plaza every Friday from June through August, and also features dancing, music, and food trucks.
Discover the history of the region
The Whitehead Memorial Museum was established in 1962 and remains the county’s only full-time public museum. Through an immersive border village setting, it preserves historic and tangible artifacts that reflect the region’s history, cultures, and economy.
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