Welcome to Rio Grande City Hill Country of the Valley

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.

Here you can find a variety of dining experiences and indulge in the abundance of local flavors. Shopping opportunities range from multiple shopping plazas, several major franchise chains, a ten-screen movie theatre and downtown high-end boutiques. And for couples looking for a nostalgic getaway, Rio Grande City is the perfect place with Victorian ambiance, intimate dining, quiet courtyards and live music at several distinct locations.

Birdwatchers can flock to Rio Grande City’s Chachalaca Wildlife Refuge and Fordyce Nature Trails to see a variety of bird and butterfly species gather along the Rio Grande River. For those seeking more adventurous activities, you can take advantage of the meandering trails for hiking and biking. And at a hop, skip and a jump away, you can find the World Birding Center on scenic bluffs above the river in Roma, Texas. If fishing is you’re angle, you can try your luck with largemouth bass and channel catfish at one of the best freshwater fishing lakes in South Texas. Explore, fish and bird watch along the trails and lake shore at Falcon State Park.

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

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.

Farmworker's Movement Campaign Exhibit at the Kelsey Bass Museum and Event Center
Robert E. Lee Museum located inside Fort Ringgold

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.

Lopez-Tijerina Courtyard

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.

Rio Grande City's Art Festival

Enjoy our lively annual art festivals showcasing local artists, musicians, poets, craft vendors and wine tasting. Come and enjoy an evening of festivities and music at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Main Street and hop on Bessie III Trolley Tour to explore downtown’s back streets, hidden places and points of interest.

So slow down and take time out from your busy schedules and explore the sights and sounds of Rio Grande City. You will undoubtedly discover our vibrant history, genuine hospitality and South Texas charm for yourself.

Created By
Melinda Gomez


City of Rio Grande City & Rio Grande City EDC

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