Charlie Llewellin

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Hello to a River

Fourteen of them, actually. From kayaking the Colorado and rock climbing along the Pecos to tubing the Pedernales and birding on the Rio Grande, here are the most enjoyable and exciting things to do on some of our favorite Texas waterways.

Tour de Texas

These ten bike routes, some easy and some hard, will help you channel your inner Lance.

Richard and Gina Donovan

A tip of the hat to risk-taking, barrier-breaking, establishment-tweaking Texans.

Take a Hike

Travel by foot along these thirty carefully chosen routes—from the South Rim in Big Bend to Lost Maples near Vanderpool—and you’ll take in the sights, sounds, and smells of Texas in ways you never thought possible. Lace up your boots and go.

Urban Hikes

Yes, there are ways to get in a fantastic hike without leaving the city limits.

Springs Eternal

Grab your towel, your sunscreen, and go! Presenting our 25 favorite swimming holes: Barton Springs, Blue Hole, Balmorhea, and other iconic places to lower your core temperature. At least for a couple of hours.

Climb Every Mountain

Whether you want to ride a horse, bomb down a mountain-bike trail, hike up a hill, relax in a hot springs, scale the face of a giant granite boulder, or just sit on your tailgate and look at a pretty sunset, there’s a lot to do on and around the peaks of West Texas. So strap on your pack and go!

Nature Trip

Whatever I do in them, Texas mountains have a way of clearing my mind.

Rio Grande

Impounded, channelized, and pumped dry, the river gives up the ghost in the desert at Fort Quitman and is resuscitated at Presidio by the Rio Conchos. 

San Marcos River

Watch out for sunken logs and fallen trees, which rest in the river like sleeping monsters in tangle of smaller deadwood.

Blanco River

Next time there’s a big rainstorm, go online and check the water flow at Wimberley. If it’s over 250 cubic feet per second, call in sick and head for the Hill Country.

Buffalo Bayou

Pass through the thick piney woods of Memorial Park, and you’ll find yourself worlds away from the nearby crowded freeways and malls of Houston.

Devils River

You might be tempted to dismiss this waterway as the Pecos lite, but the Devils packs a bigger punch into less than one hundred miles.

Frio River

This stretch of the waterway is both safe and exciting, a great place to introduce kids to Texas rivers.

San Marcos River

Where people do crazy things in the jet stream.

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