Travel & Outdoors

Big Bend

Apr 20, 2015 By Dan Oko

You know about Emory Peak, Santa Elena Canyon, and the Window. But when’s the last time you actually made the pilgrimage to our largest national park? Whether you’re a hiking greenhorn or a backpacking pro, here’s a guide to inspire you to get away from it all.

Trip Guide: Marfa

Nov 20, 2014 By Jordan Breal

It’s the favorable acreage-to-other-humans ratio that draws most visitors, who come for the space that this Chihuahuan Desert outpost has in spades.

License to Chill

Oct 13, 2014 By Jordan Breal

Bag that buck—or quail, or oryx—and then put your feet up at one of these luxury hunting lodges.

Three Gripping Tales of Survival

Sep 22, 2014 By Matt Bondurant

Saved by Prickly Pear A hiker gets trapped in Big Bend. It was a gorgeous Tuesday morning in April 2010, and Merritt Myers was going on a hike. Hiking was a form of spiritual therapy for Myers—the Austinite had trekked in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, even Machu…

No. 18 Jaguarundi Trail

Sep 22, 2014 By Dan Oko

In the lower Rio Grande Valley, where 95 percent of the area’s native habitat has been eroded over the past two centuries by agriculture and development, the 2,088-acre Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge represents one of the last untamed corners of South Texas. With 450 types of plants, at…

No. 17 Resaca Loop Trail

Sep 22, 2014 By Dan Oko

In the three and a half years since Seth Patterson began managing the Sabal Palm Sanctuary, he has received regular phone calls from would-be visitors wondering where Mexico begins. That’s because, to reach the sanctuary, which is home to one of the last stands of old-growth palm forest in…

No. 16 Norias Division

Sep 22, 2014 By Dan Oko

It was oh-dark-thirty, so I could not yet make out the improbable oak trees dotting the South Texas brush. Still, as I piled into the van with a group of birding enthusiasts from as far away as Ontario and Boston, it did not escape my notice that our guide,…