Port Aransas has always been a place for Texans to relax, play, and make lasting memories. Now, after Harvey, it needs us just as much as we need it.
Thousands attended the 22nd annual SandFest competition, the first since Hurricane Harvey.
Former train corridors pave the way for exploration and quietude through seven counties in this rural part of the state.
Montannah Kenney became the youngest girl to climb the mountain two months before her eighth birthday.
From the red-rock canyons of the Panhandle to the towering forests of the Piney Woods, some of the best parts of our state are accessible only by foot.
These North Texas hikes will take you to spots that have helped shape our state’s history.
These hikes, through the Edwards Plateau and the Coastal Plains, will take you to quiet spots in some of the state’s most popular parks.
These hikes will take you on a tour of the towering forests behind the Pine Curtain.
These mountain hikes will take you to new heights—and new extremes.
Where to find wide-open skies—or a big telescope—if you live in the big city or in the eastern half of the state.
In protest of the annual punishment from central Texas’s arboreal parasite.
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.
After years of working to protect El Paso’s Castner Range from development, advocates received help from an unlikely source: the Trump administration.
What does it take to protect the stars of West Texas? A year of persuasion, counting light fixtures, and traversing 315,000 acres under a moonless sky.
How to handle the zit-sized pustule that those evil little @$*!%*#@%&!s leave behind.
Photos and memories from the public pool that brings a city together.
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.
Are mosquito-borne illnesses Hurricane Harvey's next threat?
Everything old is new again at Contigo Ranch.
The son of a Texas legend stalks the coastal shallows with the soul of an artist.
Can the National Butterfly Center in Mission stop the government from building a wall across its land?
Lyndon B. Johnson conducted the nation's affairs under the Cabinet Oak. But is the three-hundred-year-old tree a goner?
A Manor man who left his puppy in the car in a Walmart parking lot is facing Class A misdemeanor charges.
A new documentary follows the lives of the 94 bayou folk, retirees, and reputed outlaws in the village of Uncertain.
The Bolivar Peninsula is for the birds. Literally.
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 skies of West Texas are so grand that it’s easy to forget how much is going on under our feet.
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.
San Antonio native Linda McDavitt, the oldest woman to participate in all of the legs of the 2015 Clipper Round the World race, talks about living her lifelong dream to sail around the globe.
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.
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.
Welcome to Camp Honey Creek for girls, where the years tick by but time stands still.
Millions of creatures migrate to, from, and through Texas every year. Here are a few not to miss.
Why is the federal government claiming thousands of acres of riverfront property from a bunch of North Texas landowners?
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?
Texas’s commercial and recreational fishermen are fighting it out over access to a once-imperiled fish.
The risks a West Texan will take for a quick dip.
Relinquishing oneself to these green waters is a tradition that runs deep in my family.
Getting wet, getting scared, and getting my family a little closer to Texas at Schlitterbahn.
The exploits of a teenager trying to surf in Galveston.
When your day job has you down, building a canoe by hand may be the way to go.
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.
It probably won’t do for a daily commute, but those looking to get between the Metroplex’s anchor cities are on the verge of a new option.
The festival titan wants access to government-owned lands for its events.
A Texas hunting primer.
Will border politics crush Mission’s attempt to brand itself as the butterfly capital of America before that dream takes wing?
The short answer: Maybe, but it’s not likely to succeed.
Behind the lens with photographer Laura Wilson.
How did smog-breathing, gridlock-prone Houston become the newest natural wonder of the urban world?
The Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a world-class site for birding and . . . ocelotting?