Amistad National Recreation Area

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About Amistad National Recreation Area

Let’s all just take a minute and say ahhhh while we think back on our first true friend. Focus, don’t think about the time they filled your Oreos with toothpaste. Just the warm and fuzzies. That is how we feel about Amistad National Recreation Area, which represents the amistad (friendship in Spanish) between Del Rio, Texas and Ciudad Acuña in Mexico, who share the 65,000-acre Amistad Reservoir. The waters are one of this area’s biggest attractions and popular activities here include swimming, waterskiing, boating, fishing and even scuba diving - if you happen to be a pro, there is an extensive system of underwater caves just waiting to be explored! Any art enthusiasts out there? The 4,000 year old rock art, that adorns many of the rock shelters and walls is definitely a sight worth seeing. Thanks to its designation as a “recreational area”, bows and shotguns are permitted certain times of the year to hunt deer, turkey, rabbit, antelope, hog and quail. If you visit in the fall, be sure to look out for the thousands of gorgeous monarch butterflies making their 3,000-mile migrational journey from Canada to Central Mexico!

Campgrounds in Amistad

San Pedro Group Campground

1. San Pedro Group Campground

Come see what life on the peninsula is all about at this quiet hideout on the southeastern banks of the Amistad Reservoir. San Pedro Group...

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Rock Quarry Group Campground

2. Rock Quarry Group Campground

Just west of Highway 90 on the west coast of ‘Murica’s side of the Amistad Reservoir, Rock Quarry Group Campground is the place to be for a...

Governors Landing Campground

3. Governors Landing Campground

Thirsty after a long day of exploration? Well you’ve chosen the right place, so come ready to wet your whistle at Governors Landing - the only...

Rough Canyon Campground

4. Rough Canyon Campground

The farthest north of the campgrounds at Amistad, you’ll have to swim into the mouth of the devil to get to these four sites. Literally, as the...

San Pedro Campground

5. San Pedro Campground

Located on the south side of Amistad Reservoir, you’ll be just a hop, skip and a jump (or maybe just a short car ride) from the Rio Grande! Also...

Spur 406 Campground

6. Spur 406 Campground

On this quiet northern corner of the Amistad Reservoir, you’ll enjoy some much needed peace, quiet and undisturbed relaxation. These six, remote...

277 North Group Campground

7. 277 North Group Campground

In the bureaucratic nightmare that often is the world we live in, there are really only two things you need concern yourself with when escaping to...

277 North Campground

8. 277 North Campground

Nestled stealthily away in the San Pedro Canyon, near the banks of Amistad Reservoir’s southeastern corner, you’ll chance upon this hidden delight...


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History of Amistad National Recreation Area

The Amistad NRA area is home to dramatic 4,000 year-old rock art. These mysterious paintings adorn rock shelter walls in the upper reaches of Amistad Reservoir. Boaters can usually access Panther and Parida Caves (depending on lake level), and hikers can go on a guided tour at nearby Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site

Taking a closer look at the modern landscape of Lake Amistad can tell a person much more about the history of the area than they might at first expect. Surprisingly, the history of the Lower Pecos River Region begins far before the U.S. Military’s early camps and outposts and goes far beyond the beginning days of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The first visitors to the canyons that now form Amistad NRA arrived some 12,000 years ago following herds of large ice-age animals that grazed the grassy upland plateaus and ventured deep into the canyons for water. And although the people might be gone, they’ve left a legacy of their lifeways in the artifacts and rockart that grace the canyon walls.