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.
I marveled at the thousand-year-old Big Tree and stargazed with a pod of pelicans.
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.
From arid El Paso to the Piney Woods, Texas boasts outstanding links that don’t require an expensive membership.
Austin’s urban bat colony has nothing on this.
The seaside town is also a great place to catch redfish, watch dolphins, and stay in a snazzy new bungalow.
Recent tragedies in Big Bend and Palo Duro Canyon are a reminder to “respect the desert,” says one ranger.
Lawmakers just authorized lots of money to acquire new parkland. We asked advocates and conservationists to dream big.
The Civil War did not officially end until April 1965, and enslaved people in the Confederate State of Texas did not hear of their freedom until June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger announced the abolition of slavery upon his arrival in Galveston, Texas.
Mossy cypresses seem to float in the clouds at Martin Dies Jr. State Park, which offers otherworldly paddling and hiking trails.
My kids splashed in the lake and studied bugs, while I was thrilled to see a rare golden-cheeked warbler.
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.
The twenty best Texas parks for birding, time traveling, kayaking, meeting up with relatives, and more.
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”?
What happens when hundreds of thousands of people go to the same place looking for a little quiet time? One of our two national parks is finding out.
Set to open later this year, it'll give North Texans 4,871 scenic acres to roam.
This peaceful spot near Houston is perfect for families, history buffs, and first-time campers.
This slice of Hill Country heaven offers ample opportunity for fun, as long as Mother Nature is in the right mood.
The area has lots of options for pre- and post-float fun. Here are a few places worth adding to your itinerary.
In the heart of hard desert country, this welcome refuge features hiking, breathtaking vistas, and proximity to must-visit West Texas attractions.
With Davis Mountains State Park as your home base, you can find a lot to explore in the area.
At Lost Maples State Natural Area, the trees put on a spectacular show every autumn.
A handy guide to which of our beaches, lakes, rivers, creeks, swimming holes, and swimming pools are and aren’t open.
The northeast Texas oasis among the pines reminds us of happier summers while providing needed respite now.
Rough it—or not—and make sure to get some barbecue.
Plus, Tina Lawson's Instagram and an especially comforting cookie.
Spending time outdoors is good for mental health. But as COVID-19 spreads in Texas, officials and citizens are grappling with whether, and how, we can enjoy public parks.
Outside Bentsen, watch butterflies, dance, and light a candle or two.
Just along the Texas–Mexico border, this fragile oasis attracts hundreds of birds (and those who watch them).
Make sure to stop for camping essentials on the way in. And maybe a burger or pizza.
The park features hidden caves, dramatic waterfalls, and sparkling springs.
After an eventful first year as superintendent, Bob Krumenaker has a vision for the park’s future as it celebrates its 75th anniversary.
The park offers quiet coastland and abundant wildlife, and feels like a defiant bulwark against some very particular cares of urban life.
This spring, I revisited this sparkling West Texas gem after its long closure—and I’m glad I did.
Luling, Gonzales, and the park itself provide lots of fun options.
At this tropical, mystical park, you’ll find animals and plants unlike anything else in Texas.
To reap the rewards of paddling this remote, dangerous waterway, you don’t have to sell your soul. You simply need to respect its power. And be prepared.
Volunteers and others step in to help maintain Big Bend, the San Antonio missions, and other beloved sites, but fears about lasting damage grow as the impasse drags on.
Choose from campsites, a bunkhouse, or a luxury resort. (And ¡Viva Terlingua!)
The untouched vastness of the largest state park in Texas makes you feel like you’re exploring a whole other world.
Despite threats to its survival over the years, the picturesque and petite park goes with the flow, just like its namesake river.
Where to eat, drink, and play once you venture outside the park.
You don’t need to travel to Vermont to see fall splendor. Discover it in the Guadalupe Mountains, Texas’ undiscovered national park.
It may be more than 800,000 acres, but you can easily cut Big Bend down to size. Here’s how.
Brownsville’s Sabal Palm Grove has it made in the shade.
A summer guide to the coolest place in Texas: the Davis Mountains.
In 1541 Coronado and his troops stumbled upon a huge canyon in the midst of grassy plains and gazed upon it with awe. Journeying down into Palo Duro Canyon on mules 443 years later, I began to understand why.
Across the Panhandle stretches a thin red line that divides doughty plains dwellers from Texas’ lesser changed.
For hundreds of years man—from the Comanche to the backpacker—has tried to conquer Big Bend. Still, it remains wild, stark, and pristine.