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Meet Spike, the Toughest Tortoise in Texas

March 19, 2024 | By

The Rio Grande Valley Is a Land of Infinite Zest

March 28, 2023 | By Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

A Photographer Captures Divine Inspiration in Texas’ Transcendent Landmarks

January 24, 2023 | By

Fall Getaway: Follow the Butterfly Trail in the Valley

September 30, 2019 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

The Texas Butterfly Festival promises visitors “the best butterflying in America.” It might seem like hyperbole were the claim not backed up by the fact that the Rio Grande Valley contains a greater diversity of butterflies than anywhere else in the country—more than 300 species and counting, or roughly 40 percent of the butterflies in North America. You can see a great deal of them at the festival, which takes place the first week of November at the National Butterfly Center in Mission. All of those butterflies—condensed within a region that’s easy to traverse over a weekend—make a fall tour of the Valley a must-do on any Texas bucket list

An Unplugged Travel Challenge Through the Rio Grande Valley Leads to Unexpected Detours and Rewards

November 2, 2018 | By Clayton Maxwell

After U-turns on the edges of grapefruit groves, repeated pullovers to study our Rio Grande Valley street guide, and a precarious three-point turn on the narrow levee road where a border patrol truck blocks our path, we are really lost. Like so many wanderers before us, we are searching for La Lomita Mission, which a local history buff named Frank told me about at an Edinburg bar the night before. “Just travel the Old Military Highway that goes along the Rio Grande,” Frank said. What Frank didn’t say was that Military Highway, much like the river it runs along, is a trickster that stops, starts, and twists in unexpected ways.

Color in Motion

September 16, 2015 | By Cathryn Hoyt

I’ll confess. I’m addicted to butterflies.

Borderland Yuletide: Christmas on the El Paso Mission Trail

November 18, 2014 | By

Parishioners spill out of the heavy wooden doors of San Elizario presidio chapel and into the village plaza.

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