The Frio River is a river in the U.S. state of Texas. The word frio is Spanish for cold, a clear reference to the spring-fed coolness of the river.
The Frio River has three primary feeds; the East, West, and Dry Frio rivers. The West Frio River rises from springs in northeastern Real County
and joins with the East Frio River near the town of Leakey
; the Dry Frio River joins northeast of Uvalde
. The river flows generally southeast for two hundred miles until it empties into the Nueces River
south of the town of Three Rivers
. Along the way, the Frio River provides water to the Choke Canyon Reservoir in McMullen
and Live Oak
The cool and consistent flow of the Frio River has made it a popular summertime destination. Garner State Park
, on the river about 10 miles south of Leakey and 75 miles west of San Antonio
, provides camping, fishing and other activities. Numerous other privately owned campgrounds are also found along the river.
The Frio River also played a big part in the movie Race With The Devil. This is where the scene of the sacrafice took place.