Life in Presidio predates Texas and Spanish history. The Jumanos people lived for centuries on the Rio Grande and Rio Conchos before the Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca arrived in this area in 1535. Today, visitors can enjoy the rugged beauty of the Rio Grande and the Big Bend with a drive along FM 170, called "the River Road." This area is popular for motorcycle touring and river rafting. Presidio offers hotels, restaurants and shopping in town and across the bridge in Ojinaga, Mexico. The Texas Dark Skies and Dude of the Dead Music Festival is held in October.