Rio Grande

Cameron County, Texas.

Rio Grande midpoint in Midland, Texas.

Rio Grande ends in Port Isabel, Texas.

1947.56 miles long (3134.30 kilometers)

22587773.35 miles (36351508.76 sq kilometers)

About The Rio Grande

About Rio Grande, TX

The Rio Grande is a 1,896-mile-long river located in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It is known in Mexico as Rio Bravo del Norte or simply Rio Bravo. The river starts in south-central Colorado and then flows to the Gulf of Mexico as it forms part of the US-Mexican border. It’s also a natural border between Texas and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas, as well as a boundary between Texas and New Mexico. The river runs through El Paso in Texas, supporting its fertile lands. 

Rio Grande in Spanish means ‘big river’. People of Pueblo and Navajo communities also had their own names for the river which provide a similar meaning. A Spanish naval expedition charted the mouths of several rivers, including the Rio Grande’s in 1519. The river in 1536 then appeared for the first time on a map of New Spain. In the late 1830s and early 1840s, the stretch of water tagged the disputed border between Mexico and the then Republic of Texas. In 1905, following the approval of the Rio Grande Project, the waters of the river were divided among New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. The US and Mexico signed a treaty in regards to the river in 1994. The river has been heavily altered making it one of the top endangered rivers in the world. 

Rio Grande Fishing Description