Parks

The Cycle of Strife in Palmetto State Park

The Cycle of Strife in Palmetto State Park

“Watch out for snakes,” Chuck whispered in a voice that sounded like an incantation. I’d never had to worry about ... Read More »

The Eternal Springs of Balmorhea State Park Pool in West Texas

The Eternal Springs of Balmorhea State Park Pool in West Texas

Deep in the Chihuahuan desertin West Texas, at the foot of the Davis Mountains, water beckons. It flows far ... Read More »

Big Bend’s Indomitable Prickly Plant Life

Big Bend’s Indomitable Prickly Plant Life

When people envision the Big Bend region of West Texas, they often think of the expansive views—desert basins, ... Read More »

A Runner Sets Out to Experience the Variety of Texas’ Competitive Trail Runs

A Runner Sets Out to Experience the Variety of Texas’ Competitive Trail Runs

I live within walking distance of my favorite trail in Houston, where I’d once spent hours running personal bests. ... Read More »

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Prepares to Celebrate the Centennial of Texas State Parks in 2023

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Prepares to Celebrate the Centennial of Texas State Parks in 2023

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is gearing up for the 2023 centennial of Texas State Parks, a yearlong ... Read More »

South Llano River State Park, a Treasured Hill Country Haven, is Getting a New Headquarters and Bridge

South Llano River State Park, a Treasured Hill Country Haven, is Getting a New Headquarters and Bridge

South Llano River State Park, a former goat and sheep ranch that’s now a beloved outdoors playground on the edge ... Read More »

A New Adventure Tour at Natural Bridge Caverns Gives Novices a Chance to Be Explorers

A New Adventure Tour at Natural Bridge Caverns Gives Novices a Chance to Be Explorers

A new tour at Natural Bridge Caverns takes visitors up rocky inclines and across slippery ledges into portions ... Read More »

How One Houston Family Visited All 89 Texas State Parks—And More

How One Houston Family Visited All 89 Texas State Parks—And More

For Mother’s Day in 2016, Sarah Strauss asked her family to do something different: go on a hike at Huntsville ... Read More »

What a 500-Year-Old Tree Taught Me About Putting Down Roots

What a 500-Year-Old Tree Taught Me About Putting Down Roots

In the early weeks of summer, a restlessness set in. Shouldn’t something be happening? When I was young, ... Read More »

Wildfires Continue Across Texas as Temperatures Soar and Droughts Worsen

Wildfires Continue Across Texas as Temperatures Soar and Droughts Worsen

High temperatures and extremely dry conditions have caused wildfires throughout Texas this summer—the most ... Read More »

Oak Tree Thought to be Extinct Found in Big Bend National Park

Oak Tree Thought to be Extinct Found in Big Bend National Park

Until recently, the oak species Quercus tardifolia was commonly known among botanical researchers to be extinct. ... Read More »

What Lurks in the Dark at Texas Parks?

What Lurks in the Dark at Texas Parks?

I’m following Trevor Francke down a twisty trail at Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area an hour after dusk, sweeping a ... Read More »

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