At Station Mountain Bike Park, Rhett Jones created the serpentine trails and daring jumps of his dreams.
San Antonio’s Leon and Leticia McNeil have introduced generations of Black and Latino youth to the outdoors through their nonprofit, City Kids Adventures.
Call them the astronauts of the underground. The state’s cavers are a literal subculture, daring to go where no one has gone before.
Where to immerse yourself in the subculture.
Whatever you do, don’t forget the special snacks.
Skip the traffic and exorbitant hotel rates—go camping at one of the 31 parks in the path of totality. Overnight reservations open on November 7.
The compilation cover album Texas Wild, which includes pairings such as Adrian Quesada and Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” was curated by a mad Texan genius.
Step aside, Buc-ee’s and Blue Bell. Where’s the love for horny toads, swallowtails, and passion vine?
Found along Texas’s southwestern border, the creature has a mug only a mother could love.
The Texas-based kayaking team completed the 1,600-mile journey over 83 grueling days.
Austinites gathered poolside to celebrate a sick pecan tree’s hundred-plus years of shading swimmers.
No, Texans’ favorite agave doesn’t live for a century. But it is a botanical marvel.
Six hikers died from heat-related causes in Texas state and national parks this summer. Should trail closures on the hottest days be standard?
Anonymous landowners donated the pristine 1,200-acre parcel, which will be open to the public on September 23.
The 25-year-old “boys” have taken it upon themselves to score each jump off the diving board, Olympics-style. Austin poolgoers have embraced the challenge.
Photographer Keith Carter explores the otherworldly wetlands of East Texas in a stunning new book.
The explosion of color found at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is not a mirage.
Paddle on a sea kayak in Rockport, party with Kinky Friedman in Kerrville, or find a quiet spot close to home.
H-E-B’s snazzy new nature docuseries highlights the conservationists who protect bats, bears, ocelots, and redfish.
The small city of Sherman, which lies far from the coast, is a fossil hunter’s paradise.
Gardening brings us together, even as culture wars divide us over almost everything else.
Human waste on Texas coastlines is a beach.
In the half-century since a troop of Japanese macaques arrived in Texas, a truly wild tale has played out.
Austin's signature green space is at the center of a long-running debate over how much the city should cling to its past as it prepares for the future.
Thank goodness for sunflowers.
Twelve years after the last known Quercus tardifolia disappeared, conservationists at the San Antonio Botanical Garden are bringing the species back.
The conservation victory at Honey Creek relied on “the goodness of those people’s hearts,” says one environmentalist.
“There’s a tremendous disconnect between the expectations of the American public . . . and the National Park Service’s ability to do those things,” says Bob Krumenaker.
Lawmakers just authorized lots of money to acquire new parkland. We asked advocates and conservationists to dream big.
The Nature Conservancy paradise teems with colorful blooms—and on May 20, Texans have a rare chance to see them.
The nonprofit helps kids and teens affected by incarceration find healing in nature.
From Aztec Ruins to whitewater rapids, Farmington is bursting with culture, history, and outdoor adventure.
Discover everything you need to plan and pull off a summer escape to Ruidoso, New Mexico.
El Paso is a thriving city with picturesque views and legendary local cuisine.
For decades, Lubbock-based filmmaker Dale Johnson traveled the globe documenting the beauty, power, and fragility of the natural world.
From rugged coastal inlets to calm urban lakes, these spots offer something for every SUPer.
Monarch butterflies and painted buntings are among the species that flock there.
Get up-close and personal with extreme sports in incredible landscapes.
I didn’t think I’d get to be a mom. Now that I am, the passage of time confounds me.
Lake Mineral Wells State Park Offers Adventurous Hiking, Fishing, and Some of the Best Rock Climbing in Texas
This underrated pocket of North Texas is well worth your time.
Sarah Wilson's ‘DIG’ combines photos, her grandfather’s Kodachrome teaching slides, and creatively staged paleontological artifacts.
The North Texas suburb of Lewisville is encouraging residents to let their lush, manicured yards grow wild.
Ethan and Amanda Langley restore classic travel trailers for road warriors from all over North America.
With access to hiking trails and waterfalls, Silver Falls Park is a beloved stop for weary travelers looking to refresh, recharge, and reminisce.
As we celebrate one hundred years of our state parks, they are more popular than ever. But our booming population is overwhelming the state’s scarce public lands. What will the next century hold for Texas’s “best idea”?
The twenty best Texas parks for birding, time traveling, kayaking, meeting up with relatives, and more.
I stopped by for a hike on the park’s final day. Its 1,420 acres are set to become luxury homes.
Surrounded by four national parks, El Paso offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.
Walk, hike, bike, bird, or climb the Instagrammable landscape of Cochise County, Arizona.
They’re changing the state’s male-dominated fly fishing scene.