devil’s river

Paddling the Devils River in Southwest Texas Offers High Risks and High Rewards

March 21, 2018 | By Matt Joyce

You find two kinds of paddlers on the Devils River: those who come out here whenever possible and those who will never do it again. Or so the saying goes.

I was pondering this thought one morning on the river as I clambered out of my kayak to perch on a boulder and peer 100 yards downstream at a serene pool flanked by sloping slabs of limestone. In between lay Dandridge Falls, a series of cascading rapids that coursed and swirled through chutes, over small ledges, and around protruding boulders and brush.

The Devils River Camping Conundrum

March 20, 2018 | By

The Devils River grows more popular every year as word spreads about its crystal-clear water and spectacular setting. With the increase of paddlers embarking on overnight river trips comes increased tensions with the landowners who own the river’s banks.

Exploring the Devils River State Natural Area by Foot

March 18, 2018 | By Matt Joyce

Bumping along an isolated dirt road in Southwest Texas, we spotted a group of tan spots on a distant hillside striated by limestone ridges. At first glance it looked like nothing but a scattering of rocks among the ocotillo and creosote bushes. In the focus of binoculars, however, the figures took shape as a herd of aoudads.

Daytripper: Devils River

March 21, 2016 | By Chet Garner

In the remote reaches of West Texas lies one of the most pristine rivers in the Southwest United States.

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