Carl Crum’s documentary about the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande will premiere June 22 in Alpine. Photo contributed by Bravo y Grande.

Ever wonder what it would be like to paddle the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande?

An hour-long documentary about the Lower Canyons of the river south of Big Bend National Park will premiere later this month in Alpine. The film, created by Carl Crum and narrated by Butch Hancock, takes viewers along as a small group of river guides, scientists, locals and park officials travel 83 miles of the river to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

“The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River may well be the least-known national park unit in the lower 48,” says Big Bend National Park superintendent and trip participant Bob Krumenaker. “Few people will ever visit, as it’s incredibly remote, lacking infrastructure and help is awfully far away. But that’s also what makes it amazing.”

Watch a trailer of the film here: <iframe src=”” width=”640″ height=”360″ frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; fullscreen” allowfullscreen></iframe>
<p><a href=”“>Bravo Y Grande (trailer)</a> from <a href=”“>Brazos Film &amp; Video</a> on <a href=”“>Vimeo</a>.</p>

“Bravo y Grande” will screen at 2 p.m. June 22 at the Rangra Theater in Alpine. A reception will follow at Ritchey Wine Saloon and Beer Garden. Movie tickets are $15 in advance at www.bigbendbookstore.orgor by calling 432-477-2236. For more information and a trailer go to

I got a taste of the Rio Grande a three-day rafting trip from Rio Grande Village to La Linda last fall. Read more about that trip at

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