Texas is home to 14 national parks, each of them as interesting and beautiful in their own unique ways. Learn more about three of them below.
These parks make a wonderful and educational family trip for anyone. Whether you visit for a few hours or a few days, chances are you will make some lifelong memories.
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park is a West Texas scenic park, known for its stunning views of distant mountain peaks across expansive valleys. It is the largest preserved section of the Chihuahuan Desert located in the United States. It’s also home to hundreds of different species of animals and over 1,200 different varieties of plants.
Springtime visitors to Big Bend will be amazed by the array of vibrant colors produced by the wildflowers growing rampantly throughout the park. Bird watchers also flock to the park, which is a stopping point for many species of birds migrating during spring and autumn.
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Fans of restored historic sites are sure to be impressed by Fort Davis, a nationally preserved cavalry fort in the heart of West Texas. Twenty-four of the fort’s original buildings have been painstakingly restored in order to give guests a glimpse at what life would be like at a frontier military outpost in the mid-1800s.
Fort Davis hosts a number of events throughout the year including living history demonstrations and kid-friendly Jr. Ranger Days.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
The park gets its name from Guadalupe Peak, the highest natural point in Texas. Some of the park’s attractions include the restored Frijole Ranch House (currently a museum to ranching history), impressive gypsum sand dunes and the Wallace Pratt Lodge within McKittrick Canyon.
Whichever Texas-based national park you choose, adventure awaits you. Pack a picnic basket, grab your sunscreen and hit the road. You won’t regret it!