Del Rio is in west Texas, along the Rio Grande River. It is, in fact, midway between Padre Island National Seashore and Big Bend National Park - which is a heck of a long drive.
The city of approximately 50,000 citizens is just south of Lake Amistad, a huge reservoir known for its great fishing, and just west of the huge Laughlin Air Force Base.
The International Bridge connects Texas to Mexico at Del Rio. Just across the border is the Mexican city of Ciudad Acuna, where visitors will find restaurants, nightclubs and shopping.
The Amistad National Recreational Area, around Lake Amistad, includes prehistoric Native American drawings. The area is great for boaters, campers, hikers and fishermen. The lake is also a great place for birdwatching. Other outdoor activities await at Devils River State Natural Area and Seminole Canyon State Historical Park.
Del Rio is in a semi-arid part of Texas, but the San Felipe Springs pours forth 150 million gallons of water a day.
The Val Verde Winery is the oldest winery in Texas, and visitors are welcome. The Whitehead Memorial Museum is dedicated to the history of the Southwest. The famed Judge Roy Bean is buried on the museum grounds. The Judge Roy Bean visitor center is in Langtry, 60 miles away.
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Del Rio is located on the Texas-Mexico border, alongside the Rio Grande River, due west of San Antonio. The city is roughly equidistant, on a southeast-northwest axis, between Laredo and Odessa. Highway 83 heads south out of Del Rio to Laredo; Highway 90 goes to the east and San Antonio, and also to the northwest; Highway 277 runs north-south.
The largest major airport convenient to Del Rio is the San Antonio International Airport, three hours east. The Del Rio International Airport offers a limited schedule of flights through Continental Connection, connecting through Houston.
Train service is also available through Amtrak.
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Del Rio Chamber of Commerce Visitors Guide
City of Del Rio official website
Del Rio International Airport
Amistad National Recreation Area
Seminole Canyon State Park
Devils River State Natural Area
Del Rio News-Herald newspaper