Embracing the Wild Side Through Glamping

February 5, 2024 | By Jennifer Stewart

Glamping Hits a High Point Along the Colorado River

December 15, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

The best thing about AMANI, a cushy glamping site in Shaffer Bend Recreation Area, is the view.

Prepare a Dutch Oven Feast at Lake Tawakoni State Park

November 10, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

Spend the Last Days of Summer at Sea Rim State Park

September 20, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

A Trip Out West Offers a Glimpse at the Final Frontier

August 21, 2023 | By Matt Adams

After driving solo seven hours from Fort Worth to Marathon in West Texas, I was ready for my head to hit the pillow.

The Floating Campsite at Sea Rim State Park Is a One-of-a-Kind Experience

May 2, 2023 | By Dan Oko

Treat Yourself to a Glamping Weekend at Palo Duro Canyon State Park

April 13, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

Best Friends Bond Through Misadventures at Big Bend National Park

January 6, 2023 | By Scott Bedgood

Snowfall on the Little Red River Valley in the Panhandle Plains

December 29, 2022 | By

Houston’s TAXA Outdoors Makes Campers With Adventure, Comfort In Mind

September 23, 2021 | By Melissa Gaskill

Garrett Finney grew up camping in the northeast United States. After moving to Texas in the early 2000s to work at NASA’s Habitability Design Center, he took his family on a campout in the middle of a typically hot Texas summer.

Texas Vintage RV Enthusiasts Follow a Long Line of Inventive Campers

April 29, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

Expert Tips for Camping With Your Family, Backpack, or RV in Texas

February 25, 2021 | By

The first time I seriously considered buying an RV was in the aftermath of a family tent camping trip to Kerrville-Schreiner Park …

Two Ways to Expand Your Horizons on Texas’ Private Lands

November 26, 2020 | By Clayton Maxwell

Port Aransas Beach Camping Gets Exclusive During the Offseason

November 19, 2020 | By Joe Lanane

After months of quarantining, my wife and I finally bought an RV.
We knew exactly where we wanted to take our 19-foot Class C RV: Port Aransas.

11 Texas RV Parks and Campsites to Plug in and Unplug

October 28, 2020 | By Brandon Weaver

Camping in Texas Means Being Ready for All Kinds of Weather

September 8, 2020 | By Dan Oko

We humans love to talk endlessly about the weather, and when it comes to icebreakers, it doesn’t matter whether you’re facing heat, cold, rain, or snow.

Backpacking 101: Pack Light and Hit the Trail for an Escape to the Far Reaches of Texas

August 27, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

If the recent pandemic has you hankering to get into the backcountry, and you’re looking for an outdoor experience beyond car camping, a backpacking excursion could be the perfect getaway. 

Brighten Up Your Camping Trip After Dark with Stargazing

August 19, 2020 | By Melissa Gaskill

Camping brings to mind full days of activities like hiking, climbing, and swimming. But one of the best parts of a camping trip actually happens when the sun sets for the day—stargazing. From any reasonably dark campsite in Texas, you can see prominent constellations, planets, and the moon. Some parks across the state have achieved designation as “dark-sky parks” because of their efforts to control light pollution, while some host star parties to introduce visitors to the night sky.

A Guide to Handling Illness & Injury In The Wilderness

August 7, 2020 | By Sabrina LeBoeuf

Many of us love to get outdoors to escape the confines of our homes and traffic of the city. But with such freedom also comes distance from our medicine cabinets and convenient medical care. Routine maladies such as fevers, cuts, and sprains can be a lot more uncomfortable and distressing when you’re out in the woods without typical medical resources. To help you prepare for an outdoor adventure, we spoke with camping experts about the best items to pack and how to effectively prevent and respond to illness or injury.

Shop Local With These Texas Outdoor Gear Shops

August 6, 2020 | By TH Staff

If you want the best gear—whether it’s clothing, tents or something else—you don’t have to go to a large chain store to get what you need. Across the state, local outdoor shops provide incredible selection, with many having big-time brands such as Patagonia and North Face. So whether you are preparing for your first excursion in the woods or your 100th, here are some places to stock up before you head out on your adventure.

Camping with your Canine? 14 Tips to Ensure a Safe and Fun Adventure with Fido

August 6, 2020 | By Melissa Gaskill

Camping is made better with friends, including our four-legged ones. I spent many months camping and hiking with my good boy Max while researching a guide book, Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country and Gulf Coast. Max, a 70-pound mutt, developed a fascination with armadillos, so I could always count on him to alert me to the presence of the nifty little critters. Without him, I never would have noticed them.

Texas Park Officials Say Preparation and Flexibility are Key to a Safe Camping Trip During the Pandemic

August 6, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

Looking to escape your home? Book campsites in advance and bring your own sanitation supplies to make the most of an outdoors getaway.

Take the Family Camping for a Fun Way to Make Lasting Memories

August 5, 2020 | By Dan Oko

Maybe your children can tell stories of playing cards in a soggy tent as raindrops popped against the nylon walls. Or maybe you remember being young yourself, roasting marshmallows and nestling into a cozy sleeping bag to watch the Milky Way wheel overhead. As anybody who’s gone on a family camping trip will attest, such experiences produce rich memories. And if you don’t have any yet, there’s no reason to miss out.

Basecamp Terlingua Adds New Luxury Bubble to Unique Lodging Options

July 25, 2019 | By Sarah M. Vasquez

Staying in one of Basecamp Terlingua’s two bubbles is like staying in a deluxe, transparent tent with the amenities of a hotel room—a queen-size bed, Keurig tea/coffee maker, AC/heater, mini fridge, Wi-Fi, and a full bathroom with an indoor shower. There are also two outdoor seating areas, an outdoor shower, and a fire pit.

Beginner’s Guide to Camping Gear Guide

May 1, 2019 | By

Start your camping experience off right with Texas-made products and equipment, from a sturdy cooler to a lightweight blanket

Field Guide to Camping Dangers

May 1, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar

One of the things that keeps potential campers in the great indoors is all the unknowns…out there. From unforgiving weather to creepy-
crawlies to vines with a vengeance, danger can seem to lurk around every tree trunk in Texas. And while nature is naturally unavoidable, being armed with knowledge—and a first-aid kit—will alleviate some fears. Kimberly Sorensen, a Houston-based outdoor education specialist with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, shares her knowledge of some common dangers in state parks.

The Beginner’s Guide to Camping in Texas

May 1, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar

I’d never understood the allure of camping. Perhaps it’s because my family was never very interested in spending time in the wilderness. We traveled quite a bit, but our destinations were always big cities with the inescapable smell of car exhaust and neon signs lighting up the night sky. In the outdoors, there were bugs, critters, and uncontrollable temperatures—and why would we voluntarily sleep on the ground when my parents worked very hard to put a roof over our heads? Whether due to nature or nurture, I knocked at the door of my 30s with no basic outdoor survival skills or knowledge.

Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Texas Outdoor Family Program Caters to Rookie Campers

May 1, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Texas Parks & Wildlife ranger Immanuel Salas assists Texas Outdoor Family campers in building a fire. Photo: Tiffany Hofeldt

Broccoli Spears with Crispy Cheese Crust Recipe

May 1, 2019 | By

A steady diet of hot dogs and s’mores is a perfectly fine (short term) camping meal plan. But if you want to step up your live fire game, author and Texas Highways contributor Paula Disbrowe’s cookbook Any Night Grilling provides inspired recipe ideas. The simple yet decadent Broccoli Spears with Crispy Cheese Crust makes an ideal side dish for a hearty cut of meat. “This recipe is great for camping because of its short ingredient list, and it’s easy enough for novice grillers to prepare,” Disbrowe says. “The final shower of grated Parmesan creates a crispy cheese crust that will have everyone reaching for seconds.”

National Forests in Piney Woods Closing Some Trails, Campsites

April 19, 2019 | By Fred Mays

Planning a wilderness escape to the Piney Woods? Consider double-checking the availability of your preferred camping areas and hiking trails—particularly in East Texas’ national forests, which are closing some campsites and trails to ease the financial strain.

Find Rustic Relaxation on the Nueces River at Camp Wood in the Hill Country

August 10, 2018 | By E. Dan Klepper

The Nueces River valley plummets from the Edwards Plateau with the abruptness of a summer squall. The topography plunges from dry to drenched when you cruise south from Rocksprings on State Highway 55, blank skies giving way to blue-green canopies of oaks and pecans as the road abandons the grassless flats for glimpses of resplendent waters that seem to chase canyon twilight into the brightness of day. Here, the Nueces River finds its voice: a convergence of forks, prongs, creeks, and springs that begin their last odyssey to the Gulf of Mexico as one.

Make a Date with Mother Nature on the Pecos River

June 26, 2018 | By Pam LeBlanc

For nearly a week, an unspooling ribbon of greenish-blue will carry you down frothy rapids, alongside towering escarpments, and into deep, fish-filled pools. You’ll tangle with tall reeds that line the banks, drag boats through a section of bony limestone channels called The Flutes, and camp on rocky riverbanks.

Dive into Classic Summer Activities at Daingerfield State Park

April 26, 2018 | By

Summer fun awaits at Daingerfield State Park, located a couple of miles southeast of the city of Daingerfield in Northeast Texas. The 507-acre park offers plenty of classic summer diversions from camping to swimming, fishing, hiking, dancing, canoeing, kayaking, and pedal boating.

The Devils River Camping Conundrum

March 20, 2018 | By

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.

Don’t Miss Independence Creek Preserve’s First Open Weekend This Year

March 19, 2018 | By

Independence Creek Preserve
30o 28′ 28.86″ N
101o 47′ 137.30″ W

An overlook at The Nature Conservancy’s Independence Creek Preserve in Terrell County reveals an awe-inspiring view of the spring-fed creek and surrounding terrain—a convergence of arid desert mesas, woodlands, and prairie grasses.

Get Festive a la Fresca at These 8 Texas State Park Events

November 8, 2017 | By

On a bluff overlooking La Grange, ice skaters swirl on an imaginary pond and penguins check their fishing lines amid a sea of twinkling lights.

8 State Parks in East Texas Where You Can Unplug and Enjoy Nature

October 15, 2017 | By Laurence Parent

Despite my job as a Texas photographer and writer, I hadn’t visited many of East Texas’ state parks in years. In 2016, when University of Texas Press asked me to revise my 2008 guidebook, Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites, I seized my opportunity and hit the road. The experience was a bit like renewing old friendships; I not only saw things I remembered from previous visits, but I also found new surprises. Here are some highlights from my East Texas favorites.

Let’s Go Glamping!

March 28, 2016 | By Vicky Garza

Glamping: A combination of “glamorous” and “camping” that blends great outdoor adventures with the comforts of home or a hotel.

10 Tips for Toddlers to Teens

September 4, 2015 | By

Summer vacation zoomed by, fortunately the Labor Day holiday happens just in the nick of time.

Room to Breathe

June 15, 2014 | By Barbara Rodriguez

The trouble with the traditional American school calendar is that it conditions you to believe that summers should be spent on vacation.

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