devils river state natural area

The Daytripper Braves the Devils River

May 20, 2024 | By

The Devils River got its name from early settlers, who said the 93-mile waterway—and the treacherous terrain surrounding it near the U.S.-Mexico border—was created by Lucifer.

Sympathy for the Devil in Southwest Texas

September 22, 2021 | By Matthew Adams

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

May 20, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

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.

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

February 1, 2019 | By Matt Joyce

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.”

Exploring the Devils River State Natural Area by Foot

March 18, 2018 | By Matt Joyce

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.

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