Texas In The Winter: 5 Must-See Parks

October 27, 2015

Texas, especially southern Texas, is an ideal destination spot in the winter. With mild temperatures, natural beauty and a never-ending list of things to do and places to visit, the Lone Star State is a great place to be during the winter months. That's true if you're primarily interested in visiting parks, as well, because Texas has some of the country's most scenic and historic national and state parks.

Best Texas Parks To Visit During Winter

1. Big Bend National Park

Set along the border of Texas and Mexico, this 800,000-acre national park has river, desert and mountain habitats. The Rio Grande forms its southern boundary and it's the only national park in the United States with a complete mountain range – the Chisos. Among the park's many attractions are the Santa Elena Nature Trail, the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, and the Rio Grande Canyons. Big Bend has been rated among the best parks in the U.S. to visit during the winter.

2. Seminole Canyon State Historical Park

Ancient history abounds in Seminole Canyon State Park, which contains over 200 pictographs as much as 4,000 years old. The park is perfect for hikers, campers, birdwatchers, backpacking and archaeological study. The Lake Amistad National Recreation Area is great for boating and fishing.

3. Garner State Park

Established in 1941, Garner State Park is the most visited overnight state park in Texas. A popular summer destination for folks who enjoy the cool waters of the Frio River as a refuge from the heat, Garner is less crowded in the winter and is home to a variety of wildlife of the Texas Hill Country. The Lost Maples State Natural Area, which is located nearby, is another great attraction. For campers who want to avoid cooler winter temperatures, 17 cabins are available for rent.

4. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

This excellent natural habitat features an excellent variety of wildlife, including birds that typically reside in Mexico and Central America. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is located near Mission, Texas, on the banks of the Rio Grande. Birdwatchers are able to choose from guided tours to sites in and outside of the park.

5. Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Known for its extensive hiking and backpacking opportunities, this park is actually a 400-mile long coral reef that formed into the Guadalupe Mountains around 265 million years ago. The park offers two developed campgrounds while Guadalupe Peak (reachable for hikers) provides scenic views from the state's highest point.

These scenic attractions and more are enjoyable during the cooler months of the year. For those that enjoy traveling in style to such destinations, check out Move It Self Storage’s tips for traveling in your RV during cooler months.


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