They’ve Got It Covered Five songs played by marching bands this year: • “1999” • “Livin’ La Vida Loca” • “Theme from Wild Wild West” • “American Woman” • “Jump Jive An’ Wail” He’s With the Band In 24 years as the band director at…
Coach Couture Coaches still prefer shorts from time to time, but long pants are suddenly in fashion. The 10,600 coaches who attended this year’s coaching convention in Fort Worth were all dressed in polo shirts of varying hues, khaki, and loafers (tassels optional). What Every Coach Wants for Christmas End-zone…
What’s the deal with the UIL? Headquartered in Austin and operated under the auspices of the University of Texas, the University Interscholastic League is the governing body that oversees 64 extracurricular activities in Texas public schools, including football, which it has been regulating since 1920. UIL officials follow the National…
You might be bunking in a room that would give Martha Stewart seizures, but at these eleven guest ranches you can saddle up and get in touch with your inner buckaroo.
RICHARD SPEEDY wasn’t planning on working last January when he took his fifth trip to Mexico’s Copper Canyon, but he happened to be on the same trek as senior editor Joe Nick Patoski, who needed someone to document his crossing of the vast and brutal expanse (see “Let’s Get…
Nothing riles a Texan like a rattlesnake, whose aggression and toxicity account for endless horror stories. Some of them are even true.
HUMBLE Mercer Arboretum, 22306 Aldine Westfield (281-443-8731). A staffer says the arboretum’s three-year-old plantings of dozens of old roses have generated a lot of interest because they’re “ten feet tall and bulletproof.” But not deerproof, which is why you’ll find the roses protected behind fences. Open daily 8 to…
The people in love with old roses are often as interesting as the roses themselves. They can help with identification, propagation, and locating small, specialty nurseries in your area that sell old roses. DALLAS AREA HISTORICAL ROSE GROUP, P. O. Box 38585, Dallas 75238. For $15 a year, you get…
Texans are rediscovering antique roses, the hardy, neglected beauties that decorate old graveyards and abandoned houses across the state. Whether you buy them from a nursery or rustle cuttings from the wild, hereï¿½s the dirt on how to grow your own.
High peaks, scant rain, and hardpan soil—but also high art, hip hotels, and a new telescope that’s a star in its own right: Snapshots from a remote region of our state unlike anyplace else on earth.
How I survived a course in desert survival.
The secrets of Big Bend Ranch State Park.
Hiking, biking, and nighttime weather to your liking make the Palo Duro and Caprock canyons a cool summer getaway.
Wild for wildflowers. Plus: Brushing up on bluebonnet art.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department aims to please hunters and birders alike. So why is everyone gunning for it?
Nature photography is just part of Laurence Parent’s nature. The 37-year-old Austin-area resident, who took the pictures that accompany this month’s article on Hueco Tanks State Historical Park (“Social Climbers”), has long been known for his landscape work, from wildflower close-ups to desert vistas. “My father was in the…
This month, a ragtag group of wanderers will descend on Hueco Tanks state park in West Texas, where they’ll spend their nights hanging out and their days hanging on to the most challenging boulders around.
This will be our routine, I’m sorry to report. Very early every morning, at an hour when the Mogollon Mountains are still velvety silhouettes against the star-smeared sky and the predawn tranquility of the Gila Wilderness has swallowed us into the deepest valley of our dreams, we will be…
When mountain lions started turning up, the Sierra Club said, “Save them!„ Ranchers said, “No way!„
It may be more than 800,000 acres, but you can easily cut Big Bend down to size. Here’s how.
From longtime locals to environmentalists, everyone has an opinion about the future of Caddo Lake—but the issues they’re debating are as murky as the lake itself.
A summer guide to the coolest place in Texas: the Davis Mountains.
Up close and personal with our expanding entomological universe.
Three Spanish missions are El Paso’s own heaven on earth.
Rodeo, rodeo, wherefore art thou rodeo? Mary Ellen Mark went to small towns all over Texas to find out.
Getting up close and personal with the endangered whooping crane.
Perhaps. At least they’re on the right track and trying hard.
Trash collectors are not necessarily garbage men.
Perhaps, after all, girls should go with boys who chew.
The pioneers who came to tame the West met their match in the land of Giant.
Praise the Lord for gentle creatures and pass the ammunition.
The raw truth about out steaks and chops.
The Baja wilderness isn’t a great place to confront one’s own neuroses, but it’s an even worse place to confront someone else’s.
Where is Lloyd Bridges when you really need him?
Of canyons, creeks, and craters: the Big Bend as few have seen it.
For most treasure hunters, the hunt is more important than the treasure.
Living in the country is all you ever wanted—and probably more than you bargained for.
Southwestern is out, Southern is in. Here’s how to renew our charter membership.
Forget Jimmy Carter—this is what the New South’s all about.
Especially not in Sweetwater: the score at last count was Humans 10,000, Rattlers 0.
Why Texans don‘t get the parks they pay for.
What Texas once was, so these wilderness areas still remain.
Cuddling up to a thousand pounds of ravenous hunger.
Want to ski in the Rockies this winter? Here’s where.
Cooking over an open fire is no mystic art. And it helps if you start everything in your kitchen at home.
A veteran hunter and guide tells how it's done.
The dying November sun glistens off the tight plastic packaging around our Earl Campbell’s Hot Links. My companions Heinrich and Jack are busy re-staking the tents in the midst of a growling wind while I prepare a pre-expedition delicacy of sausage wraps and beans, the wholesome meal that will…
How to eat easy, play hard, and sleep well in the Davis mountains.
A grand old opry in Mason, a homestyle bakery in Llano, a cabin with a view of the Sabinal Canyon, and sixteen other things I love about the Hill Country.
From dog parks and swimming holes to picnic spots and close encounters with a llama, our favorite outdoor activities keep you busy year-round.