Camping

Travel & Outdoors |
March 18, 2017

Born to Be Wild

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 Culture |
December 10, 2013

The Texanist

Our estimable advice columnist on when teenagers should be allowed to go on unchaperoned coed camping trips, whether Coloradans hate Texans, and more.

Travel & Outdoors |
January 21, 2013

Into the Wild

Out of more than half a million acres of state parks and natural areas, we’ve chosen the ten best trips—where to camp, what to do, and what to look for when you head to the nearest town

April 27, 2012

Toilet Paper Fire Burns 53,000 Acres

Thirty-year-old Rodrigo Ulloa-Esquivel of El Paso attempted to "leave no trace" by burning his used toilet paper, but ended up starting a devastating wildfire in New Mexico's Lincoln National Forest. 

Feature |
May 31, 2011

Outdoors 101

Nothing marks an expert camper more than a mastery of the essential skills, so study up on these backwoods tricks before your next expedition.

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May 31, 2011

Bentsen–Rio Grande

Where it is: 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr., MissionWhat you’ll do: Look at birds. Eat. Look at birds. Sleep. Look at birdsWhere you’ll sleep: Book a spot at a local RV parkWhat you’ll learn: Chachalacas are named for their call, a rowdy cha-cha-lac We imagine that a lot of people

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May 31, 2011

Ray Roberts Lake

Where it is: 10 miles north of Denton What you’ll do: Biking, horseback riding, and kayak­ing, but don’t forget to stop and watch the sunset Where you’ll sleep: Camp near the water’s edge, which is close to numerous sites in Quail Run What you’ll learn: How to speak mountain-biker, as

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May 31, 2011

Caprock Canyons

Where it is: 3.5 miles north of QuitaqueWhat you’ll do: Hike the rough breaks between the Caprock and the Rolling PlainsWhere you’ll sleep: In your tent at the mouth of South Prong CanyonWhat you’ll learn: The park is home to the state’s official bison herd The colors are what strike you at Caprock

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May 31, 2011

Huntsville

Where it is: 6 miles southwest of Huntsville What you’ll do: Relax and unwind under the East Texas pinesWhere you’ll sleep: Claim your spot in one of five serene camping areasWhat you’ll learn: Want to fish but don’t know how? Register for one of the TPWD’s Go Fish! events

March 1, 2004

Conversations With a Grasshopper

To experience the majesty and peril of the desert on my own terms, I spent a week alone in the Solitario, the most remote area of Big Bend Ranch State Park. I confronted my darkest fears—and made small talk with an insect.