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Sympathy for the Devil in Southwest Texas

Sympathy for the Devil in Southwest Texas

In a world where we are perhaps overly dependent on GPS—focused on getting from point A to point B as quickly and efficiently as possible—I’ve found that simply unfurling a road map and blindly jabbing a finger down on the page just to see what’s there is a surefire way of reopening my mind to the possibilities of exploration and adventure.

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.

Travel Across Texas Without Ever Leaving Your Armchair

Travel Across Texas Without Ever Leaving Your Armchair

When the walk from the living room to the kitchen fridge seems like a long walk, dig into the stories that transport you to the far reaches of the state without ever having to leave the warmth of your armchair.

Paddle Your Way to Beauty, Isolation, and Adventure on a Canoe Camping Trip

Paddle Your Way to Beauty, Isolation, and Adventure on a Canoe Camping Trip

Earlier this summer, I strapped my aluminum canoe to the top of a friend’s truck and headed west to the Devils River.

Texas Highways Wins 6 Folio, 22 IRMA Awards

Texas Highways Wins 6 Folio, 22 IRMA Awards

In October, Texas Highways earned more than 20 awards from two prominent publishing industry institutions.

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.”

Most-Read Stories of 2018

Most-Read Stories of 2018

Wildflower road trips, barbecued crabs, the wild outdoors, and a snake farm in New Braunfels highlight our most popular stories in 2018.

Paddling the Devils River in Southwest Texas Offers High Risks and High Rewards

Paddling the Devils River in Southwest Texas Offers High Risks and High Rewards

You find two kinds of paddlers on the Devils River: those who come out here whenever possible and those who will never do it again. Or so the saying goes.

I was pondering this thought one morning on the river as I clambered out of my kayak to perch on a boulder and peer 100 yards downstream at a serene pool flanked by sloping slabs of limestone. In between lay Dandridge Falls, a series of cascading rapids that coursed and swirled through chutes, over small ledges, and around protruding boulders and brush.

The Devils River Camping Conundrum

The Devils River Camping Conundrum

The Devils River grows more popular every year as word spreads about its crystal-clear water and spectacular setting. With the increase of paddlers embarking on overnight river trips comes increased tensions with the landowners who own the river’s banks.

Editor’s Note: More Reasons to Get Outside this Spring

Editor’s Note: More Reasons to Get Outside this Spring

Americans are spending less and less time outdoors.
According to recent studies, we spend an average of 93 percent of our lives indoors, and children today spend half as much time playing outside as their parents did.

Exploring the Devils River State Natural Area by Foot

Exploring the Devils River State Natural Area by Foot

Bumping along an isolated dirt road in Southwest Texas, we spotted a group of tan spots on a distant hillside striated by limestone ridges. At first glance it looked like nothing but a scattering of rocks among the ocotillo and creosote bushes. In the focus of binoculars, however, the figures took shape as a herd of aoudads.

Daytripper: Devils River

Daytripper: Devils River

In the remote reaches of West Texas lies one of the most pristine rivers in the Southwest United States.

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