Summit of Guadalupe Peak, Guadalupe Mountains National Park. (Photo © Laurence Parent)

Texas Highways offers a Special Issue spotlighting the National Parks 100 year celebration. Most especially, we explore the national parks within the Lone Star State. And there is much to celebrate.

Parks100Here are a few stories to count the many ways we have to celebrate.

The Story of Our National Parks

From the establishment of Big Bend National Park in 1935 to Waco Mammoth National Monument in 2015, the National Park Service has had a hand in preserving and showcasing a diverse sample of Texas’ greatest natural and cultural resources.

National Park Perks

Many of the 16 National Park Service sites across Texas are celebrating the system’s centennial year in 2016 with special activities, including tree plantings at Big Thicket and the opening of a new Fossil Discovery Exhibit at Big Bend.

Hidden Gems

Have you ever tempted carnivorous plants in the Big Thicket, gazed upon the snow-white sands of the Guadalupe Mountains’ Salt Basin, or made yourself at home in LBJ’s private plane? Check out these and other hidden gems at Texas’ national parks.

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