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Exploring McKittrick Canyon, the Most Beautiful Spot in Texas

May 6, 2024 | By Bobby Alemán

On Top of the World at Big Bend National Park

May 3, 2024 | By

The air is rare at the top of Big Bend National Park, an 800,000-acre expanse of towering mesas and deep river canyons on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Exploring the Sky Islands of the Trans-Pecos

March 25, 2024 | By W.K. Stratton

Embracing the Wild Side Through Glamping

February 5, 2024 | By Jennifer Stewart

Keep Your Kids Entertained With These Texas Holiday Activities

November 22, 2023 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Winter break is fast approaching. Cue later bedtimes, mornings with hot cocoa by the fire, and, best of all, weeks of no homework.

Hiking Through Houston’s Wild Frontier

November 21, 2023 | By Dina Gachman

27 Hours Lost in Big Bend Ranch: How One Man Survived a Hike Gone Wrong

November 13, 2023 | By Emily Brindley

Trail Blazing in Wild Texas

October 24, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

Where the Wild Things Are at Pecan Springs Karst Preserve

September 22, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

“To the bat cave!” Rachael Lindsey says with a grin. We’re standing at the base of a giant cottonwood near a spring-fed stream in northern Williamson County, about an hour north of Austin.

Braving the Narrows, One of Texas’ Most Mythic and Wild Oases

June 27, 2023 | By Bobby Alemán

In a field of brickellbush, hundreds of monarch butterflies move with the

How Three Men in Wheelchairs Summited Guadalupe Peak in the Early 1980s

May 30, 2023 | By Andrew Stuart

A Day Spent at Lake Bastrop Trailway Rewards Human and Canine Adventurers

April 28, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

When my dog and I go hiking, I try to find trails that meet three criteria.

El Paso’s Future Looks Golden with New Castner Range National Monument

April 7, 2023 | By James Hernández

Among the many things bringing El Pasoans together these days, nature is hardly one of them.

Best Friends Bond Through Misadventures at Big Bend National Park

January 6, 2023 | By Scott Bedgood

Celebrate the 50th Birthday of Guadalupe Mountains National Park with 5 Spectacular Hikes

December 2, 2022 | By Laurence Parent

Your Beginner’s Guide to Hiking in Texas

October 27, 2022 | By Amelia Nonemacher

Shumla Treks Offer a Revealing Look at the Ancient Rock Art of Southwest Texas

July 28, 2022 | By Pam LeBlanc

Hiking the Summit Trail at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

April 28, 2022 | By

Georgetown Loop Offers Thru-hiking in Austin’s Backyard

December 27, 2021 | By Morgan O'Hanlon

Local Groups Work to Reconnect the Black Community to the Joy of the Outdoors

March 25, 2021 | By Kayla Stewart

Rejuvenate Your Spirit With a ‘Boulder Bathing’ Trek at Enchanted Rock

February 17, 2021 | By Karen Hoffman Blizzard

I was in need of a mental break from the pandemic. During the isolating weirdness of 2020, I was hyper-focused on work projects and spending way too much time on Zoom.

A New Hiking Guidebook Scours Texas for the State’s Best Hikes

February 25, 2020 | By Matt Joyce

You’d be hard-pressed to find a photographer who’s covered more ground in Texas than Laurence Parent, a leading landscape photographer and longtime contributor to Texas Highways. Parent recently published an update of his guidebook Hiking Texas, A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, 3rd Edition. He says the new edition, which builds on versions published in 1992 and 2009, introduces color photography, improved maps, and new hikes. “The biggest reason for the update was to shift from half-tone black and white photos to four-color printed on coated paper,” says Parent, who recently moved to Prescott, Arizona, while maintaining a business office in Wimberley. “It really improves the appearance of the book and gives readers a better feel for what the hikes look like.”

Explore A Collapsed Volcanic Dome in Big Bend Ranch State Park

May 1, 2019 | By Karen Hoffman Blizzard

Thanks to recent trail work, Big Bend Ranch State Park’s signature geological landmark, El Solitario, is in good shape for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians who want to explore the 10-mile-wide collapsed volcanic dome.

Join Texas Highways as It Celebrates Big Bend National Park’s 75th Birthday

April 26, 2019 | By

Four New Trailheads Lead Hikers to El Paso’s Wild Outdoors

March 29, 2019 | By E. Dan Klepper

Four new urban trailheads opened this March in El Paso, providing stunning views and helpful amenities for hikers and mountain bikers trekking from the city’s streets into Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest urban park in the country.

Explore the Guadalupe Ridge Trail with Texas Highways and New Mexico Magazines

March 19, 2019 | By Emily Roberts Stone, Executive Editor

This month, we’re partnering with New Mexico Magazine to share the story of this dual-state treasure with our neighbors to the west.

For our joint feature story, Managing Editor Wes Ferguson made his second trip to explore the Guadalupe Ridge Trail. As the fall 2017 artist-in-residence at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, he had spent nearly four weeks hiking and writing while immersed in the highest and wildest country Texas offers. “This assignment brought me back to the Guadalupes for the first time in nearly a year,” Ferguson says, “and it felt like a reunion with an old friend I don’t see nearly as often as I wish.”

Hike from Texas to New Mexico on This 100-Mile-Long Trail

March 18, 2019 | By Wes Ferguson

Pieced together from several existing trails, the GRT begins near the depths of New Mexico, not far from the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and ends on the top of Texas—Guadalupe Peak, which at 8,751 feet is the highest summit in the Lone Star State.

The trail connects Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains national parks via the Lincoln National Forest, most famously the site of Sitting Bull Falls, which tumbles from a spring-fed creek over a mossy, 150-foot-high canyon wall. An oasis flowing year round, it fills clear pools where visitors come to relax, wade, and cool down in an otherwise desolate stretch of desert. If you’ve been hiking for nearly a week on the Guadalupe Ridge Trail, you’ve certainly earned a dip and drink from the falls.

Ditch the Survival Skills With These 3 Easy Ways to Explore Big Bend National Park

January 30, 2019 | By Matt Joyce

BIG BEND National Park can be intimidating. Countless photographs behold the region’s undeniable grandeur, its spectacular amalgam of desert, mountain, river, and sky. But the images also convey vast emptiness—16th-century Spanish explorers dubbed this territory el despoblado, “the uninhabited.” And those scenic photos often overlook the granular details, where scorpions, thorns, snakes, sunburns, and blisters reside. So it’s understandable when the uninitiated knit their brows at the thought of Big Bend, weighing a vacation experience against fears of a survival exercise in the Chihuahuan Desert borderlands.

Join Texas Highways’ Celebration of Big Bend National Park’s 75th Anniversary

December 10, 2018 | By

In cooperation with Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Conservancy, Texas Highways has created a special ranger-led itinerary that’ll have you falling in love with the park. And the timing is right for romance, since the event is just days before Valentine’s Day–Feb. 8-10.

Old Baldy

November 4, 2018 | By

Day trips like the 30-mile drive to Blanco underscore the calmness and rugged beauty of this part of the Hill Country. First, check off Wimberley’s Old Baldy from your list by making an early-morning ascent up its 218 stone steps to the tabletop summit for a 360-degree view of the surrounding hillsides and treetops.

Take 3 History-Packed Hikes in the Davis Mountains

October 29, 2018 | By

The Davis Mountains have long attracted people seeking respite from the surrounding deserts of West Texas. Delivered as magma from volcanic activity some 35 million years ago, the mountains harbor patches of “sky island” known for relatively moist forested hillsides, cooler temperatures, and spartan beauty. To explore the Davis range’s cultural past and natural marvels, head to the highest town in Texas—Fort Davis, at 5,050 feet—and hit the trail. Or better yet, hit three trails.

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.

Biking with Birds

May 12, 2017 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

Not a half-hour into my daylong adventure, in the middle of a prairie of sea lavender and leatherleaf, I stopped my bike in wonder. A few dozen yards from the pavement, dozens of sandhill cranes comingled with a flock of ivory snow geese, completely ignoring my entrance into this unspoiled coastal scene.

10 Epic Summer Travel Adventures

April 19, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

Get even more summertime adventure ideas.

Hello summertime! We know it can get hot out there, but that’s no excuse to stay inside: Cool outdoor adventures in Texas abound.

Return to the Guadalupes

September 16, 2016 | By Laurence Parent

I got to know the Guadalupe Mountains as a child in the 1970s, when my dad was a park ranger at nearby Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.

Nature by Day … or Night

September 16, 2016 | By Paul McDonnold

The sun is low and the gate guarded as we arrive at the south shore of Lewisville Lake, some 30 miles north of downtown Dallas.

Get Trim with Travel

January 6, 2016 | By

So, the time has come at the beginning of the year when we weigh (pun intended) our physical fitness levels.

Hidden Canyons of Big Bend

January 16, 2015 | By Laurence Parent

When most people think of canyons in the Big Bend, the large chasms come to mind: Santa Elena, Boquillas, Mariscal, and Colorado.

Tracking Time on the Caprock Canyon Trailway

June 15, 2012 | By E. Dan Klepper

Travelers on the Caprock Canyons Trailway sometimes feel they’ve tipped time’s arrow on its head. Following the path of an abandoned rail line, the 64-mile trail system takes hikers, cyclists, and equestrians across the region’s halcyon backyard, into the agrarian plains and broken rangeland of caprock country, and out of this century completely.

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