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Think Texas Is Hot? Here Are 8 Reasons Why It’s Hotter Than You Think

Think Texas Is Hot? Here Are 8 Reasons Why It’s Hotter Than You Think

Texans are no strangers to heat, but everyone’s feeling it this summer as temperatures continue breaking records.

Take a Dip at Soon-to-Reopen Balmorhea Pool in West Texas

Take a Dip at Soon-to-Reopen Balmorhea Pool in West Texas

I remember the first time, and the second time, and close to the 100th time I’ve visited Balmorhea State Park for a swim.

Got Land? The Making of Palo Pinto Mountains and Other New Texas State Parks

Got Land? The Making of Palo Pinto Mountains and Other New Texas State Parks

Seventy-five miles west of Fort Worth, a hilly parcel of ranchland is making the transformation into the first new state park since the birding hotspot of Resaca de la Palma swung open its gates near Brownsville in 2008.

Rejuvenate Your Spirit With a ‘Boulder Bathing’ Trek at Enchanted Rock

Rejuvenate Your Spirit With a ‘Boulder Bathing’ Trek at Enchanted Rock

I was in need of a mental break from the pandemic. During the isolating weirdness of 2020, I was hyper-focused on work projects and spending way too much time on Zoom.

Big Bend National Park Announces Plan to Build a New Hiking Trail Around Lone Mountain

Big Bend National Park Announces Plan to Build a New Hiking Trail Around Lone Mountain

A new trail at Big Bend National Park will take hikers on a 3-mile loop around Lone Mountain, a Texas-sized hill that bristles with scrub brush and cactus just north of the Panther Junction Visitor Center.

Getting Away to Galveston—Off-Season and Al Fresco

Getting Away to Galveston—Off-Season and Al Fresco

It’s rarely too chilly for a stroll by the sea. Even during the winter, the Texas Gulf Coast enjoys mild weather on most days.

Summer for Procrastinators: Lost Maples State Natural Area

Summer for Procrastinators: Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples is most often touted as a destination for viewing fall foliage, but the shade from the trees make the park a cooler and more comfortable hiking destination in the summer.

Balmorhea State Park is Ready for Summer Visitors

Balmorhea State Park is Ready for Summer Visitors

Sometimes the best summer moments are unplanned—a spontaneous road trip, a lazy day at the lake, or an impromptu backyard barbecue. But some of our state’s most memorable summer diversions require advance planning.
Balmorhea State Park’s star attraction, the pool, reopened March 1 after being closed nearly 10 months for repairs, and visitors are already returning in droves to cool off in the aquamarine water of the world’s largest spring-fed
swimming pool.

Devils River State Natural Area Recognized as ‘Dark Sky Sanctuary’

Devils River State Natural Area Recognized as ‘Dark Sky Sanctuary’

If you’ve ventured out to Devils River State Natural Area in Southwest Texas, you know the skies can be awfully dark at night. Now the International Dark Sky Association is recognizing the 37,000-acre property for its relatively unspoiled skies with designation as a “dark sky sanctuary.”

“As Texas’ first International dark-sky sanctuary, Devils River SNA enjoys some of the clearest and starriest night skies in the continental United States,” says Adam Dalton, a program manager with the Arizona-based nonprofit association. “Owing to the area’s commitment to mitigating light pollution, the Devils River serves as a model for dark-sky conservation within the Texas State Parks system.”

The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Faces Financial Struggles

The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Faces Financial Struggles

The Texas Observer reports a sharp decline in visitors and slashed funding at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

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