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Pucker Up for a ‘Longhorn Kiss’ at Copper Breaks State Park in Quanah

June 5, 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.

Photo: The Milky Way Rises Over Pedernales Falls State Park

July 24, 2019 | By

In a state where the stars at night are known for being big and bright, summer is the optimal time for viewing the Milky Way, when it is high in the southern sky and viewable through much of the night. State parks—such as Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City, where the night sky reflects in the still waters of the Pedernales River—are often far enough from light pollution for decent observation. Some of the best state parks for nighttime viewing are Big Bend Ranch, Enchanted Rock, Copper Breaks, and South Llano River, which are all designated International Dark Sky Parks by the International Dark-Sky Association.

Find Out Why This Region in Texas is Called the Big Empty

October 15, 2017 | By

Some know it as the Rolling Plains. Others call it Cowboy Alley. A land of open road and enormous sky, the Big Empty lies more or less north of Abilene and east of Lubbock.

Ten parks. One day.

October 31, 2016 | By

Ten state parks in one day? It’s not entirely impossible.

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