Amistad translates as “friendship” from Spanish, which is fitting given that this reservoir is shared by the U.S. and Mexico. Marinas and boat ramps provide access to the lake for watersports, like fishing and waterskiing. The 254-foot tall dam across the Rio Grande was built in 1968 and serves as a customs station in Del Rio, Texas. The National Park Service (NPS) runs a free museum nearby.
Panther Cave pictographs, Seminole Canyon State Park, watersports
Amistad National Recreation Area is also famous for its 4,000-year-old pictographs, which can most easily be accessed on guided tours of Seminole Canyon State Park, 45 miles outside Del Rio, Texas on Highway 90. Admission is charged for the museum and tour, but provides the only way to see the colorful artwork in Fate Bell Shelter. Viewing fossils in the limestone was an added bonus on the tour.
The pictographs in Panther Cave can be seen from afar by hiking a trail in the state park or up-close by boating to the dock and climbing a steep stairway.
If you are unable to hike down into the canyon, the Seminole Canyon State Park museum has a replica of the rock art.
Boating passes start at $4 for a 1-day pass, $8 per person to tour Seminole Canyon State Park
All major roads paved
Two NPS campgrounds are available at Governors Landing and San Pedro and there is a campground at Seminole Canyon State Park.
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