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MARAVILLAS CREEK. Maravillas Creek rises in the Del Norte Mountains two miles east of Mount Ord in northwestern Brewster County (at 30°14' N, 103°29' W) and runs southeast for ninety miles to its mouth on the Rio Grande, nine miles northeast of the Gerstacker Toll Bridge in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area (at 29°34' N, 102°47' W). The stream is intermittent for its first seventeen miles. Downstream from Doubtful Canyon it flows perennially for the next thirty-six miles, until just south of Maravillas Gap. From that point to its mouth, Maravillas Creek is basically a dry, sandy course into which several smaller, intermittent streams empty. It traverses variable terrain surfaced by variable soils that support scrub brush, sparse grasses, oak, juniper, and some mesquite.


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"MARAVILLAS CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.