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.

The Romance of El Paso’s Scenic Drive

May 2, 2024 | By

Exploring the Cosmos at the Johnson Space Center

March 29, 2024 | By

When in Houston, do as the astronauts do. That means investigate moon rocks, attend mission briefings, and see how you fill out a space suit.

Fireflies Set Independence Creek Preserve Aglow

March 28, 2024 | By

The Splendor of Texas Wildflowers on Full Display

March 18, 2024 | By

Frolicking Among the Bluebonnets at Fort Parker State Park

February 29, 2024 | By TH Staff

This photo from the Texas Highways archives shows a handsome couple—and their handlers—frolicking in a bumper crop of bluebonnets at Fort Parker State Park.

See Early 20th-Century Big Bend Through the Lens of Photographer W.D. Smithers

February 19, 2024 | By Matt Joyce

Galveston’s Mardi Gras Celebration Is a Family Affair

January 22, 2024 | By

Another One Bites the Dust in Fort Davis

November 21, 2023 | By TH Staff

2023 in Photos: A Year of Exploring Texas

November 21, 2023 | By

Editor’s Note: 2023 Yearbook

November 21, 2023 | By

Photographer Christ Chávez had never been to a powwow before attending The Austin Powwow last year to capture the festivities for our November issue.

The Serenity of Westcave Preserve

September 19, 2023 | By TH Staff

The Sky Never Ends in Terlingua

August 22, 2023 | By TH Staff

When the Sun Sets in Marshall

July 25, 2023 | By TH Staff

Go With the Flow on the Comal River

June 27, 2023 | By Joe Nick Patoski

It’s high noon on a scorching Saturday in August, and I’m standing on the banks of Hinman Island

Pretty as a Picture in Van Horn

May 30, 2023 | By TH Staff

The Golden Glow of Sunset and Prickly Poppies in the Hill Country

February 28, 2023 | By TH Staff

The Calm Before the Storm on South Padre Island

January 24, 2023 | By

Our Favorite Photos From 2022

January 3, 2023 | By

Snowfall on the Little Red River Valley in the Panhandle Plains

December 29, 2022 | By

The Curious Historical Trend of Photographing Children in Goat-Drawn Carts

December 29, 2022 | By Traces of Texas

Given the ubiquity of cell phones today, it’s hard to believe photographers once carved out a living taking novelty pictures of kids in goat carts.

A Fresh Angle on Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park

November 23, 2022 | By

A Bird’s-Eye View of Laguna Madre

October 27, 2022 | By

Exploring Colorful El Paso Through Its Public Artworks

August 25, 2022 | By ire’ne lara silva

Even a short drive through El Paso reveals a city that’s unmistakably …

A West Texas Photographer Chases Nature’s Constant Change Through Art and Photography

August 25, 2022 | By E. Dan Klepper

A Peaceful Sunrise Brightens the Laguna Madre Shoreline in South Texas

May 26, 2022 | By

Idyllic Vacations Are the Norm in the Picturesque Hill Country

April 28, 2022 | By

Lights and Motion Over Six Flags of Texas in Arlington

March 24, 2022 | By

A Colorful Walk Along Market Street in Galveston

January 27, 2022 | By

View the Scenic Southwest Texas Canyonlands from the Pecos River Bridge

December 23, 2021 | By

The Old Nighthawk No. 2 in Austin

October 28, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

A Bronc Rider Beats the Buzzer at the Jim Bowie Days Rodeo in North Texas

August 26, 2021 | By

The View from 30 Feet Under Jacob’s Well

June 24, 2021 | By

A Photographer Highlights the Multidimensional Beauty of El Paso

June 24, 2021 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

The Galveston Fishing Pier Illuminates the Gulf of Mexico

May 27, 2021 | By

The Refreshing Hill Country Oasis at Krause Springs

April 29, 2021 | By

See the Beauty of Texas in a Kaleidoscope of Colors

March 25, 2021 | By Theresa DiMenno

Photo: A Golden Sunset in South Austin

March 25, 2021 | By

A Perseid Meteor Shower Under West Texas Dark Skies

December 24, 2020 | By

Photographer Mabry Campbell Gives a New Perspective on Familiar Texas Landscapes

August 27, 2020 | By Mabry Campbell

Editor’s Note: A New Lens

August 27, 2020 | By Emily Roberts Stone

When photographer Mabry Campbell took the shot of the Houston Water Wall that graces our cover, his aim was to make a well-documented sight look unrecognizable, disorienting even.

Photo: Where the Fields Meet the Silos and the Texas Sky Near Austwell

August 27, 2020 | By

It’s a Small-Town World, After All

July 30, 2020 | By

Discover the Natural Beauty of These Iconic Texas Wildflowers

February 27, 2020 | By

Photographer John Dyer Drove 5,500 Miles to Document Texas’ Outer Limits

October 31, 2019 | By

In the spring of 2019, John Dyer set out to see what the edge looked like close up. Dyer is a San Antonio-based commercial photographer who has authored photography books on vaqueros and conjunto music, written two novels, directed several short films, and shot numerous magazine covers including Selena for the May 1995 issue of Texas Monthly. But he’d never taken on a project quite like this.

Century-Old Image Captures a Bastrop County Mining Band

July 23, 2019 | By

In the first half of the 20th century, Bastrop County was a hotbed for lignite mining as companies extracted the low-grade coal for fuel. The mine companies recruited workers from Mexico, and several mining towns sprang up between Bastrop and McDade. In the town of Phelan, a community band took shape, performing throughout the county in concerts and parades. This picture of the Phelan Band was taken about 5 miles north of Bastrop at the Glenn-Belto Mine during a Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration. This spring, the Bastrop County Historical Museum opened a new permanent exhibit documenting the local coal-mining boom.

Vintage Mural in Hamilton Post Office Depicts Texas Rangers Singing in Camp

June 24, 2019 | By

Across Texas, murals in post offices and other buildings date to a New Deal-era federal program designed to put artists to work while beautifying public places with depictions of local culture. About 90 such murals survive in the state, including painter Ward Lockwood’s Texas Rangers in Camp in the post office in Hamilton, a Central Texas town. “From the spontaneous remarks of visitors in the post office, I am sure that the mural is the most popular one I have done,” once wrote the late artist, a member of the famed Taos Society of Artists who was teaching at the University of Texas at Austin when he created the work. Shauna Melde, a 33-year post office employee, says the painting remains popular. “People in Hamilton frequently say they remember coming in as kids and seeing the mural,” Melde says. —John Lumpkin

Photo: The Texas Basket Company in the 1930s

April 30, 2019 | By

This undated photo of a Crystal City farmer driving a truck packed with spinach baskets hangs on an office wall at the Texas Basket Company in Jacksonville, which celebrates its 100th year of operation in 2019 (see “A Century of Baskets,” Page 22). Crystal City, the seat of Zavala County, is a hub of South Texas’ Winter Garden Region, where winter conditions are prime for growing spinach, onions, carrots, and broccoli. Before the introduction of plastic bushels, regional spinach farmers were big customers of Jacksonville wooden-basket factories. Zavala County remains Texas’ top producer of spinach, and Crystal City celebrates the harvest every November with its Spinach Festival.

The Surrender of Santa Anna

March 28, 2019 | By

In 1886, 50 years after the Battle of San Jacinto, Austin painter William Henry Huddle set out to interpret a critical scene from the conflict with his painting, The Surrender of Santa Anna. Huddle’s oil-on-canvas work, which has hung in the South Foyer of the Texas Capitol since 1891, depicts the morning after the April 21, 1836, clash as Texian fighters presented Mexican Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna, dressed in the white pants of a private, to Texas Gen. Sam Houston, who is reclined with a battle wound to his leg. The decisive victory secured the rebels’ independence from Mexico, a turning point Texas honors annually on April 21, known as San Jacinto Day. Huddle’s painting includes more than 30 historical figures, among them scout Erastus “Deaf” Smith (seated on a log), Secretary of War Thomas Jefferson Rusk (to the rear left of Houston), and Col. Mirabeau B. Lamar (left of Rusk).

Photo: Lightning Over Sweetwater

March 28, 2019 | By

The wide-open spaces and generally flat landscape make the plains of Texas a prime location for wind energy production. With nothing to block the view for miles, the environment also makes for some spectacular storm viewing. The two combine in this electric image of a storm passing over a wind farm near Sweetwater.

Photographer Captures the Evening Light of Texas’ Blackland Prairie

March 27, 2019 | By Gary Borders

On most evenings, as the sun sinks below the horizon in the Blackland Prairie, photographer Andy Sharp is in his aged Honda chasing the light somewhere on a country road or in a small town. Sharp has rambled about for 10 years, since he and his wife moved to Taylor in Williamson County.

Photo: The Window in the Chisos Basin

January 31, 2019 | By

Big Bend National Park boasts several distinctive and must-visit geological features, and the Window in the Chisos Basin is among the most iconic. The natural break in the rim serves as a picturesque frame for the distant desert landscape below. The Window can be seen from various parts of the basin, including the Chisos Mountain Lodge’s restaurant patio. However, a moderately difficult descent of less than 1,000 feet over a couple of miles of Oak Creek Canyon along the Window Trail provides the most spectacular view.

Find Relics of Rural Justice in Guidebook to Texas’ Tiny Jails

January 17, 2019 | By TH Staff

Long before the tiny home craze, Texas was home to an abundance of tiny jails. A night in the slammer was never meant to be a lot of fun—but you really didn’t want to find yourself in a Lone Star lockup more than a century ago, as evidenced by the new book The Texas Calaboose and Other Forgotten Jails by Bryan-based archeologist William E. Moore.

Our Favorite Photos From 2018

January 2, 2019 | By TH Staff

How Beaumont Photographer Keith Carter Redefined the Artform

December 21, 2018 | By Wes Ferguson

He’s one of the world’s great photographers, with a legendary sense for the mystery in the mundane. But right now he’s at home in Beaumont, and his longtime assistant, Cathy Spence, is calling for help from a side door.

Downtown Christmas Lights in the Capital City in 1947

November 28, 2018 | By

Austin had a population of about 115,000 when photographer Neal Douglass took this picture of Congress Avenue looking north to the Texas State Capitol on New Year’s Day 1947. The streetscape has changed over the past 71 years, and Austin has grown 10-fold to about 1 million people. But the electric Paramount Theatre sign, which was replaced in 2015, and the State Capitol building, which was completed in 1888, still anchor the storied strip.

Photo: A Male Cardinal Adds a Splash of Color to a Cold Day

November 28, 2018 | By

Scarlet possumhaw berries and the bright plumage of the male northern cardinal add a splash of warmth to an otherwise cold winter day. While possumhaw is found in Central and East Texas—sprouting berries in fall and winter­—northern cardinals can be spotted year-round through most of Texas. Like this iconic winter bird, other songbirds, gamebirds, opossums, and raccoons all dine on the possumhaw’s conspicuous berries.

Photo: The Guadalupe Mountains Tower Above the West Texas Desert

October 25, 2018 | By

Range Roving

Rising from the Chihuahuan Desert north of Van Horn, the Guadalupe Mountains crest at the four highest elevations in the state—Guadalupe Peak, Bush Mountain, Shumard Peak, and Bartlett Peak. Though slightly shorter, El Capitan stands out as a distinctive limestone cliff towering some 3,000 feet above the road—making it a popular stop for photographers. The range contains some spectacular geological features, including part of the fossilized Capitan Reef, much of which can be seen within Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

New Photography Book by Michael Cirlos Showcases the Diversity of the Alamo City

July 23, 2018 | By Julia Jones

Humans of San Antonio features images of people from all walks of life—including street dancers, homeless men and women, and artists—and includes quotes that tell deeply personal stories. Michael Cirlos, the photographer behind the project as well as the book’s author, writes in the introduction that he always started the conversation with a simple question: “What is one memory you never want to forget?”

Finding Unique, Hidden Attractions on Route 66

February 14, 2018 | By

While not a typical destination, this weathered barn along the route east of Amarillo— now Farm-to-Market Road 2161—takes on a warm glow with photographer Clark Crenshaw’s addition of LED lighting. From Conway, head about 5 miles west along FM 2161 to find the deserted outbuilding along the south side right before the road curves toward Interstate 40. Visit for more information.

After the Most Destructive Wildfire in Texas History, Bastrop State Park Rises from the Ashes

February 14, 2018 | By

In September 2011, the most destructive wildfire in Texas history raged through the loblolly pines of Bastrop State Park. The deadly fire burned 32,000 acres in the area—including 96 percent of the 6,565-acre park.

Behind the Lens of Dallas Photographer Laura Wilson

January 12, 2018 | By Heather Brand

For more than four decades, photographer Laura Wilson has been documenting the American West—and Texas in particular.

2017 F1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas Photo Essay

October 23, 2017 | By

This Historic Haunt in Jefferson Serves Killer Burgers

October 9, 2017 | By Julie Stratton

If it is a Friday or Saturday night, after dinner, head northwest for a block on Austin Street to the corner of Austin and Vale streets for the Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk.

Scenic Route: Flying Colors at Enchanted Rock

August 15, 2017 | By

Eighteen miles north of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 956, a 425-foot pink rock looms over the landscape.

Scenic Route: Peaceful Paddle

July 20, 2017 | By

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Scenic Route: Summer Sunrise

June 10, 2017 | By

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Scenic Route: High Road

May 31, 2017 | By

Scenic Route: Star Park

March 21, 2017 | By

Scenic Route: Chisos Mountains Foothills

December 7, 2016 | By


November 13, 2016 | By Lori Moffatt

In planning the holiday-themed photo feature that appears in the December 2016 issue, Texas Highways Photography Editor Brandon Jakobeit challenged some of our most creative photographers to interpret the season’s spirit with landscapes and lights.

Scenic Route: Devil’s Hall Trail

October 10, 2016 | By

Scenic Route: Independence Creek Preserve

July 29, 2016 | By

Bagging Light in the Big Bend: Jim Bones & TPS 25: The International Competition

July 8, 2016 | By

Photography takes center stage at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine for summer 2016 with exhibits capturing the region’s distinctive beauty and the diverse imagery of shooters from around the world.

Scenic Route: Pleasure Pier in Galveston

May 17, 2016 | By

Seawall Boulevard on Galveston Island stretches about 10 miles along the island’s Gulf of Mexico side.

Wild about Wildflowers

May 2, 2016 | By

Each year, the first full week of May – May 2-8, 2016 – is designated as National Wildflower Week, a time to celebrate the brightly colored blooms that brighten our landscapes.

Winter Whitescapes

November 13, 2015 | By Lori Moffatt

Snow in West Texas, while usually as fleeting as a sandcastle in the surf, tends to imbue the landscape with a diffused, quiet melancholy.

Readers’ View: Texas Fall

November 3, 2015 | By

Capturing the rich, rich colors of a Texas fall, Texas Highways readers are generous with sharing their beautifull fall foliage photos.

Scenic Route: Boots ‘n’ Barb

July 30, 2015 | By

For more information on nearby attractions, visit the Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Hold for Wildflowers!

March 19, 2015 | By

Lady Bird Johnson, champion of roadside beautification, once wrote, “Each year I try to save spring for wild flowers and me, circling my calendar late March and April and May and writing firmly across, “Hold for wild flower season.”

On the Road with Texas Highways

September 3, 2014 | By E. Dan Klepper

The duty as well as the pleasure of Texas Highways’ photography is to guide you to the small and silent, as well as the big and bold, and then suggest what your own experience might be like.

Amazing Scapes

August 21, 2014 | By

As a photographer for some 20 years, I have captured Texas’ people and places on numerous occasions, but my passion lies in shooting our wide-open spaces.

Big Bend Country

February 1, 2014 | By

The main entrance roads to Big Bend National Park offer about 50 meandering miles of glorious scenery.

Wild Wild Life

December 31, 2009 | By John and Gloria Tveten

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