Frank Nuno, lead guide for Los Caminos del Rio, calls kayaking “the coolest thing you can do in the Valley.” He might be right; the rushing waters below Anzalduas Dam are a delightful 80 degrees. And now Valley residents are invited to experience it for themselves. For free.

For the next six weeks, courtesy of grants from Taco Palenque and the Texas Parks and Wildlife, introductory kayak lessons at Anzalduas Park are free to the public.

For over a year Los Caminos del Rio has marketed tours of the river above and below Anzalduas Dam, charging up to $40 for adults and half that for students. Their new grant, however, allows them to offer introductory paddling lessons and short tours for free.

An older generation remembers Anzalduas Park as a place where thousands of people gathered every weekend, says Executive Director Eric Ellman. With seven new guides graduating from the group’s training program, they are eager to put them to use.

From now until the end of June you can help in that effort. Call 956-587-9567 to register you and your friends for free introduction to kayaking now.