Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, El Paso, TX

Today (December 13, 2017), we were invited to join a school group that was visiting the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park.  The park is down near the Rio Grande and the water treatment plants.  Those plants supply some of the water for the park.

The park is a City of El Paso park, which is managed by UTEP (University of Texas, El Paso).  They have been working to develop the wetlands for the last 20 years, in an effort to restore to the area the kind of wetlands that existed back when the Rio Grande ran free.  Among the projects they have accomplished are eliminating the vast majority of the Salt Cedar trees, which are an invasive alien, and persuading native vegetation to grow.

In December the main thing to see at the park are the birds.  Most of the plants have lost their leaves or have turned brown, although we did see a couple of flowers blooming.  The main tree that is native to the area is the Screwbean Mesquite, locally known as Tornillo.  When we walked into the wetland area we saw literally thousands of ducks.  The other thing we saw were a lot of animal tracks.  Those probably belonged to bobcats and perhaps coyotes.

The school had arranged the tour for their group, which was led by John Sproul, the park manager.

The park is open during daylight hours and admission is free.  Restrooms are unfortunately available only for formal tours.  If you decide to visit the park, please get the directions from their website:  Forget Mapquest or your GPS.  We tried Mapquest and finding the park is something that would never have happened if we hadn’t seen the school bus.  Until we saw the bus, driving along the levees was somewhat of a harrowing experience for the passenger (Susan), who had never been on levees before.

There are additional photos in this album.


© Susan L. Stone 2015