The Medina River

The Spot: Frio River

Everyone knows the Frio. The clean, frigid, spring-fed water runs swiftly near Leakey (nicknamed “the Swiss Alps of Texas”), Concan, and Garner State Park. Floating this river is a summer tradition for many Texas, which means it can get mighty crowded during the hottest months. In fact, reservations at Garner State Park, one of the public access points for the Frio, are filled up many months in advance.


Didn’t start thinking about your weekend plans until Friday? You might as well forget about floating the Frio in Garner State Park or exploring Enchanted Rock. This weekly series assists in finding great alternatives to Texas’ popular summer hangouts, from watering holes to museums, for those who prefer (whether intentionally or by accident) to plan their trips spontaneously.

The Alternative: Medina River

If you didn’t start thinking about your summer plans in February, don’t fret. The Medina—a clear and narrow river lined with lush plants—is perfect for a calm float. Tubing trips usually last from one hour to six hours based on the amount of water in the river at that time. Medina River Company offers tubing rentals, shuttle service, a food truck, and supplies like waterproof phone cases and sunglasses.

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