“It really is one of the greatest wildlife-conservation successes of our time here in Texas.”
From luxury spas to grueling drills, our state offers something for players of every persuasion.
38 ways to cool off in our state's springs, lakes, and more.
Marco who? This is the ultimate water game.
At Austin’s weekend-long floating bacchanal, it’s BYOP (as in “paddleboard”).
How to get the adventure and scenery without having to spend days in your kayak or canoe.
The swampy network of waterways straddling the Louisiana border teems with natural wonders—and more than a few secrets.
Swimming before sunrise became a necessary ritual for novelist Elizabeth McCracken during an uncertain time. And then came the strangers.
My dream of navigating through Big Bend’s stunning canyons finally came true. I just had to start a little farther downstream.
My family’s shack on an island in the world’s largest hypersaline lagoon has brought us closer to the fishing—and to one another.
When you’re floating on top of the Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston, you might have reached peak Texas.
Near Fort Stockton, Hoven Riley has been quietly growing more than 20,000 of the prized plants, which are being illicitly uprooted from public and private lands to meet a growing demand.
The affable musician turned guide is the rare fly-fisherman to reach star status within the angling world.
Inspired by an ancient Japanese tradition, it’s all about catching as many minuscule species as possible.
With Texas’s annual Free Fishing Day, you can cast your line without all the red tape. No license required!
The visually stunning new nature documentary, narrated by Matthew McConaughey, is a delight.
Our guide to this tranquil, often overlooked slice of the Hill Country.
West Hansen and his Arctic Cowboys team hope to become the first kayakers to cross the Northwest Passage.
Bob Wills fans flock each spring to the tiny Panhandle town to “dance all night, dance a little longer.”
I’d long hoped to snag the elusive state fish of Texas. A nineteen-year-old expert guide helped me do it.
The elusive bat falcon, the raucous chachalaca, and the luminous violet-crowned hummingbird belong on your life list.
Almost anyone can walk out of an exotic reptile and pet show with a snake, scorpion, or tarantula. But should you?
A thriving arts scene, a surprising water lily garden, and historic landmarks make this Texas city a weekend-worthy destination.
These translucent, stinging creatures are full of secrets.
Brush up on (but not against!) these five gelata common to the Gulf of Mexico.
The massive facility sits along two miles of the Colorado River. Environmentalists want a say in how the development might affect the waterway.
While the honky-tonks and rodeos remain, the neighborhood is brimming with new life.
Tentative plans call for the beloved dining-hall structure to be rebuilt and modernized—with even better views.
At Dig World, in Katy, anyone can drive a utility vehicle or go wild in a skid steer.
Conquer the Guadalupe Mountains, lollygag through the loblollies in East Texas, or trace a historic railroad near Caprock Canyons.
Let’s pause to appreciate our leafy friends.
If you’re among the vast majority of Texans without municipal compost pickup, never fear. We’ve got four alternatives.
Salt caves! Sensory deprivation chambers! A massage in a sky loft! Far-flung destinations! Open up and say spaaahhh.
During a solo visit to Sonora's JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa, an introvert gamely steps out of their comfort zone.
La Cantera and Lake Austin Spa offer many options for couples and friends. Massage table for two, anyone?
If a husband and wife can quarantine together, they can get manicures together.
Look, spa, no hands! Looking for stress relief via a salt cave, "a wellness tube," and an infrared sauna pod.
Nestled by the majestic Rio Grande and Big Bend National Park, Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa gave me the recharge I needed. Until it didn’t.
An anxious multitasker faces her fears by spending an hour in a Dallas sensory deprivation pod. If it worked for the Cowboys, then it could work for her.
A session with the Traveling Hypnotist felt like a massage for the mind.
Welcome to the Big D-Tox.
At the charming Hotel Ritual in small-town Jacksonville, you can tap into any frequency you wish.
Listen to wolves howl, rub a hog's belly, or learn to bottle-feed a baby skunk.
The nonprofit effort will cost hundreds of millions and preserve 50,000 acres over the fragile Edwards Aquifer. Can it be done?
Viral videos of the Baker Hotel and Spa offer an inside look at what it takes to restore an architectural gem.
Given the choice between an influx of vampire bats and an influx of tech bros in Patagonia vests . . .
Ditch your car for a walkable weekend in the Alamo City's hippest ’hood.
The anonymous artist calls the piece “a light-hearted jab . . . at America’s propensity for ever-expanding excess.”
Move over, speckled trout and redfish. The misunderstood, toothy sheepshead is a tasty—and sustainable—catch.
Apocalyptic, Acid-Spewing Crazy Ants Invaded Texas. Now Scientists Have a “Silver Bullet” to Obliterate Them.
Even nastier than fire ants, the insects disable electronics and swarm over people and animals. UT researchers have found a pathogen that destroys them.