Beneath clear blue skies and nestled along the blue-green waters and beautiful river bends of the Rio Grande River, you will find a small Texas town. At times it can be a magical place, seemingly unaffected by the passage of the seasons and during the harsh winter months when other parts of our great nation are at the mercy of winter, temperatures are warm and comfortable with highs in the mid-90s, unbelievable as it may seem. Rio Grande City is a place where you can experience vibrant history, genuine hospitality and South Texas charm. But don’t let this small, hidden gem fool you. Rio Grande City has a lot to offer with an abundance of modern conveniences found in any major metropolitan area.
Fordyce Nature and Biking Trails
The Fordyce Nature Trails are a hidden gem nestled within Rio Grande City. They are located east of FM 3167 and US Highway 83 and offer a wide variety of opportunities for hiking, biking and exploring.
The Grotto of Lourdes
Our most visited site, the Grotto of Lourdes is a replica of the shrine in Lourdes, France. it is located on the north side of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rio Grande City.
La Santa Cruz
On the outskirts of Rio Grande City, perched on top of a hill off US Highway 83, sits a cross overlooking the vast countryside of brush and farmland. This symbol of faith and local heritage commemorates the rain that broke a devastating drought in 1900.
Chachalaca Wildlife Refuge
Located on the south side of Fort Ringgold, this pristine wildlife refuge is home to over 135 different species of birds and over 90 varieties of plants. The refuge is open year round and is available to public visitation 365 days of the year.
Fort Ringgold, located on the north bank of the Rio Grande River, is approximately 100 miles northwest of Brownsville, Texas. It was established in 1848 as one of five forts along the lower Rio Grande River to defend border settlements against Indian and Mexican raiding parties.
La Borde House
In the beautiful hill country of Starr County, centrally located as the focal point of Rio Grande City's Historic Downtown, you will find majestic La Borde House, a vision of past splendor that continues to be preserved for future generations.
Rio Grande City’s historic sites and museums pay tribute to the unique history of this region. The Kelsey Bass Museum offers a glimpse into the people who braved the treacherous waters of the Rio Grande to create this once bustling river port and the Robert E. Lee Museum tells of the proud military history of Fort Ringgold.
Rio Grande City is also one of four designated Main Street Programs in the Rio Grande Valley. We take pride in this level of distinction and the recognition it brings to our proud community. Visit our Historic Downtown District anchors: the Lopez-Tijerina Courtyard, the Rio Grande City Public Library, La Borde House and the Grotto of Lourdes.