Maderas del Carmen - KIALOA

April 26, 2017

Few have heard of this isolated location that lies just beyond the US boarder in Mexico.  You literally paddle with your passport.  At least, this is the way it works for the time being.  Depart from Big Bend National park and make your way through one of the least visited of the National Parks.  Fifteen hundred (1500) foot limestone cliff walls will not disappoint. A rare beauty worth the visit.

Paddling With a Passport From the U.S. to Mexico

Big Bend National Park and Mexico’s Boquillas del Carmen have a symbiotic relationship that facilitates exchange across borders, especially visitors. But is that all going to change?

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert in the United States. The Rio Grand forms a 1,255 mile border between the United States and Mexico.

Santa Elena Canyon’s walls are 1,500 feet of river-smooth limestone, high and close enough to give you tunnel vision. I am paddling the chalky green Rio Grande, through the borderlands of Texas and Mexico, and in the depths of the canyon I am not sure how to tell which country I am in.

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