Outdoors

Alone at the Top of Texas

Jan 23, 2018 By Wes Ferguson

With the state’s four highest peaks, Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers incredible vistas and rewarding trails, which you just might have mostly to yourself.

Protecting the Castner Range

Jan 23, 2018 By Dan Oko

After years of working to protect El Paso’s Castner Range from development, advocates received help from an unlikely source: the Trump administration.

Creature From the Green Lagoon

Sep 4, 2017 By Laura Beil

Caddo Lake is being consumed by the world’s most monstrous weed. Herbicides, kitchen strainers, and even blowtorches have failed to stop it. Now a local band of volunteers is making a last-ditch effort to save these treasured wetlands.

Saving the Cabinet Oak

Jun 26, 2017 By Wes Ferguson

Lyndon B. Johnson conducted the nation's affairs under the Cabinet Oak. But is the three-hundred-year-old tree a goner?

Born to Be Wild

Mar 18, 2017 By Dan Oko

Inundated with homework and distracted by their devices, our youngest Texans (and their anxiety-prone parents) are at risk of losing their connection to our state’s many natural wonders. Here’s how to untame the next generation.

The Earth Below

Dec 21, 2016 By Sterry Butcher

The skies of West Texas are so grand that it’s easy to forget how much is going on under our feet.

Let the River Run

Dec 21, 2016 By Wes Ferguson

Wes Ferguson has paddled and walked all 87 miles of one of the Hill Country’s most prized waterways. In this exclusive excerpt from The Blanco River, he uncovers a few of its natural secrets.

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A Love Unearthed

Sep 21, 2016 By Sarah Wilson

For many years, my grandfather’s work as a paleontologist was remote and obscure to me. Then I discovered our shared awe of West Texas.

Ruffled Feathers

Aug 24, 2016 By Sonia Smith

When a teenage boy brazenly shot two endangered whooping cranes outside Beaumont, his act unleashed widespread anger and resulted in a quick arrest—and revealed just how difficult it can be to save a species. 

Meet the Beetle

Jun 22, 2016 By Wes Ferguson

How long it will take the dreaded emerald ash borers to fully establish themselves in Texas? And how many native ash trees will they decimate?

The Gulf War

Jun 16, 2016 By Barry Yeoman

Texas’s commercial and recreational fishermen are fighting it out over access to a once-imperiled fish.

Bloom of the Century

Feb 24, 2016 By John Spong

Big Bend roared back to life last year after spring rains unleashed a bounty of ocotillos, bluebonnets, and yuccas. Thankfully, photographer James H. Evans was there to capture it in living color.

Sanctuary City

Oct 21, 2015 By Michael Hardy

Will border politics crush Mission’s attempt to brand itself as the butterfly capital of America before that dream takes wing?

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Green Acres

Sep 17, 2015 By Mimi Swartz

How did smog-breathing, gridlock-prone Houston become the newest natural wonder of the urban world?

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Bird’s-eye View

Aug 13, 2015 By Jordan Breal

The Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a world-class site for birding and . . . ocelotting?