The park has the trail listed at 1.4 miles roundtrip and as a moderate difficulty. From the parking lot (which has bathrooms!), it’s straight up to a cliff overlooking the Rio Grande. Stairs have been built in, but this it what gives it the difficulty. Once you are up, you then must go back down and continue on the trail. After that it was easy.We followed the trail, which then followed the river. The Rio Grande is not very wide here. It also looked pretty shallow. There were a few people swimming, but we weren’t even going to go there. It may have been warm, but it was November.
The trail kinda ended and we kept on what we assumed was the trail. We basically followed the river. The river flows into a canyon from that point, so there were a few rocks we had to climb over, but nothing us or the kids couldn’t do. We did see people climbing the cliffs behind us. It didn’t look to bad going up, but I wasn’t quite sure how they planned to get back down again.
You can take kayaks and various float trips on the river, but you need a passport to do so. We didn’t see anything around to do it (and we didn’t have our passports), but it is possible. There is also a crossing point if you do wish to go to Mexico, but it’s open limited days and hours.
The park does have border patrol agents, as well as park rangers. They advise to be on the lookout, as they do have some illegal river crossings and drug smuggling. There were so many people on the trail that day, we weren’t at all worried. We did run into a guy selling items for cash, but we didn’t buy anything. I just looked it up though and the park service says not to buy anything as it encourages the illegal crossing and they could be arrested/fined/jailed. Not to get you all worried, because we weren’t. The husband was since we were two women alone with kids, but once we got there, it wasn’t an issue.