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Best Texas State Parks to Visit in the Winter


Best Texas State Parks to Visit in the Winter

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The Top Choices Feature a Winter Home for Birds, Pictographs, and a Wildlife Refuge.

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Located on the banks of the Rio Grande River near Mission, Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park draws a variety of visitors. The park preserves a remnant of the native brush community that harbors a wide variety of wildlife. Bird species that typically reside in Mexico and Central America can often be seen at the park, which caters to birders by providing guided tours to sites in and outside the park. The park is also popular with winter Texans, often referred to as “snowbirds”, attracted to its mild subtropical climate.

Seminole Canyon State Historical Park

Near the confluence of the Pecos and Rio Grande Rivers, Seminole Canyon State Historical Park contains more than 200 pictographs as much as 4,000 years old. A visitor center with exhibits on the history of the area, from the prehistoric rock shelter inhabitants to builders of a transcontinental railroad in the late 1800’s will fascinate visitors. Camping with full hookups is available at Seminole Canyon and Lake Amistad National Recreation Area provides opportunities for boating and fishing.

Garner State Park

Famous as a summer destination for generations that have sought refuge from the heat in the cool waters of the Frio River, Garner State Park relaxes in the winter. With the departure of summer crowds, Garner once again becomes a refuge for the wildlife of the Texas Hill Country. Visitors can enjoy hiking the park trails or visit Lost Maples State Natural Area located nearby. For those that don’t want to camp in the winter chill, 17 cabins are available for rent, many with fireplaces.

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