As the USA’s second largest state, it’s no surprise that Texas is home to a diverse collection of natural resources, played out in its abundant National Parks and State Parks. So whether it is mountains, forests, or sandy beaches that float your boat, pack your hiking boots and get ready to explore the great outdoors. Here are our top three:
Big Bend National Park
When it comes to talking Texas, size really does matter. And Big Bend National Park certainly lives up to this mantra. Named after the bend in the Rio Grande River that snakes its way through the wild, remote region of southwest Texas, the park offers a wealth of diversity from the Chisos Mountain Range, to the deserts and rivers and deep weather-worn canyons. Boasting some text-book geology formations as well as some spectacular flora and fauna, we say hole up in one of the parks’ ranches and explore to your heart’s content.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
Although it may seem rather small in comparison to the rest of the vast expanse of Texas, this gem along the New Mexico border holds a tremendous variety of landscapes, from imposing mountains to desert dunes to one of the best preserved fossil reefs in the world. Famed for its popular hiking trails, the Guadalupe Peak Trail is a standout in Texas, where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of El Capitan – which was used as a landmark by stagecoach travellers along the Butterfield Overland Mail Line.
Padre Island National Seashore
So you think Texas is all mountains and ranches? Well think again. Located to the south of Corpus Christi Bay, Padre Island National Seashore encompasses an almighty 70 miles of protected coastline and dunes. At the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world, you can find a staggering amount of wildlife including endangered sea turtles. So what are you waiting for? Lay down your beach towel and enjoy…