Created By: Insights Science Center
Rio Bosque Wetlands Park is a 372-acre City of El Paso park the University of Texas at El Paso manages through its Center for Environmental Resource Management.
Located in southeast El Paso county near the town of Socorro, Texas, Rio Bosque is enclosed by irrigation canals and drains on three sides, and the western boundary of the park lies adjacent to the Rio Grande, which forms the international border between the U.S. and Mexico in this area.
Since 1997, several local entities including: the City of El Paso, El Paso Water, El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1, Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, UTEP, and the Friends of the Rio Bosque have worked tirelessly to restore this historical floodplain.
Slowly in some areas, more rapidly in others, native vegetation is reclaiming this wonderfully rich mosaic of habitats characteristic of the Rio Grande and its floodplain in pre-settlement days.
Follow along this tour and immerse yourself into this unique wetland and riparian ecosystem.
You can follow along in-person at the park, or virtually through your device. The park is open from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week. As part of efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, please keep your group size small when you visit, stay at least 6 feet apart from one another, and wear a mask when encountering other visitors.
For more information about the park, visit: https://www.utep.edu/cerm/rio-bosque/rio-bosque-home.html
This tour was created with funding provided by EPA grant #NE-01F54901-0.