Amistad National Recreation Area – Amistad Reservoir in Del Rio, Texas (Val Verde County)

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About the National Recreation Area

Pecos River Bridge, the tallest highway bridge in Texas, located on Amistad Reservoir at the Pecos River | Photo credit: Matthew High

Amistad National Recreation area is located near the Texas-Mexico border in Del Rio. The Amistad Reservoir covers 67,000-acres and includes 540 miles of shoreline on the U.S. side of the border. A portion of the Reservoir extends into Coahuila, Mexico.

While boating, fishing and other water-related activities — such as SCUBA diving, swimming, tubing and waterskiing — are especially popular, numerous outdoor activities are available. Opportunities exist for bicycling, birding, camping, hunting, hiking and picnicking. Wildlife observation is also popular, with opportunities to view javelina, white-tailed deer, and Western diamondback rattlesnake.

Hikers can explore the 2.1-mile Sunrise Trail which connects the park Visitor Center and San Pedro Campground. Two short interpretive nature trails are also available–one is located at the Pecos River Picnic Area, and the other is east of the Diablo East Ranger Station.

Hikers can also hike the lake’s shoreline as well as the park’s Hunt Areas (open to the public year-round, but only used for hunting during scheduled hunting seasons.)


Located on the Rio Grande River and Amistad Reservoir, 12 miles northwest of Del Rio in Val Verde County. A portion of the Reservoir extends into Coahuila, Mexico.

To reach the Visitor Information Center, take Highway 90 West Del Rio and proceed about 5.5 miles west of the National Park Service (NPS) Headquarters to the Visitor Information Center entrance.

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The Visitor Information Center is open 7 days a week year-round (except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Days) from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.


Review the fees and permits information from the National Park Service. The Recreation Area does not charge an entrance fee, but other use fees may apply.


Check the Wild Texas Events Calendar for activities scheduled at the park.


Campsites area available on a first-come-first-available basis. There are no reservations.

Volunteer Opportunities

Check the park’s volunteer opportunities for detailed information. Volunteers are needed for activities such as visitor services, trail maintenance, construction, office/computer work and some biological work.

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Official Contact Information

The National Recreation Area is managed by the National Park Service.

National Park Service Amistad National Recreation Area – Amistad Reservoir
9685 Highway 90 West
Del Rio, TX 78840

Telephone: (830)775-7491

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