TourTexas Nature Trails
Texas Big Bend Country
A directory of Texas Nature Tourism activities,
destinations & services in the Texas Big Bend Country Region.
Big Bend River Tours offers 1/2
day, 1 day and multi-day guided river rafting, hiking and back
roads tours 365 days a year. Located on the "boardwalk" of Lajitas,
at the western edge of the National Park and the eastern edge of
the State Park, they are your one stop shop for true adventure
in the Big Bend. Whether your visit to the area is for a day or
a week they offer customized itineraries to fit your interests.
For memories to last a lifetime, experience Big Bend with Big Bend
River Tours. Call 1-800-545-4240 for reservations. Come explore
the MAGIC of Big Bend!
Discover Del Rio, Texas, "The Best
of the Border," where the New West and Old Mexico meet. Minutes
from Mexico, Del Rio boasts Lake Amistad, one of Texas' largest,
clearest lakes with opportunities for fishing, boating, skiing,
and other water sports. Houseboats offer an alternative to motels
and bed-and-breakfast. Go rustic, camping, bird watching and
biking at Amistad Recreation Area, or join RV'ers at local parks.
Nearby Seminole Canyon State Historical Park offers pictographs
more than 4,000 years old along with full camp sites. Only two-and-a-half
hours from San Antonio and San Angelo, Del Rio is a unique, laid
back destination. For information 830/775-3551 or visit www.tourtexas.com/delrio.
Del Rio - Continental Ranch
II - 300 W Nicholson St. All day, informative ranch tour,
including famous petorglyph site (ancient rock carvings), to
historic fourth-generation Continental Ranch. Custom tours
can include birds and wildlife in their natural habitat, native
desert plants, prehistoric rock formations, and a beautifully
scenic undeveloped area of Pecos River. The Continental Ranch
is located in a remote area of Val Verde County, an hour drive
north of Del Rio. Please call for reservations as this tour
is customized. Telephone: (830)775-6957 or (915)292-4412. Cost
$35.00 /person, minimum 4. Group rates. Includes picnic lunch
on Pecos River.
Set in the scenic Davis Mountains,
its mile high altitude makes historic Fort Davis, TX "The
Coolest Town in Texas." here you step back in time to a slower
pace, sweeping views of unspoiled beauty and some of the friendliest
people in Texas. Attractions include McDonald Observatory, the
Fort Davis National Historic Site, the Davis Mountains State
Park and the Chihuahuan Desert Visitor Center. A paradise for
birders, tri-athletes, hikers, cyclist, star-gazers, campers
and people who just want to sit back and watch the spectacular
sun sets. See our web site for a listing of lodging accommodations
and restaurants. http://www.fortdavis.com.
Stockton, Texas Living Desert - An enhanced nature
trail displays plants of the Chihuahuan Desert. Plants have
been labeled providing information on common and scientific
names. Improved trail begins near the Guard House at Historic
Fort Stockton; 300 East 3rd Street. Free.
Stockton, Texas Wildlife Viewing Area - Six miles
north of Fort Stockton on FM 18. The Texas Highway Department
has provided for off road parking (no other facilities).
Take your binoculars and bird books with you. Site adjacent
to the Diamond Y Nature Preserve; a property owned and managed
by the Texas Nature Conservancy (914) 336-7615. Free.
Tour the Franklin Mountains at
the Franklin Mountain State Park, in El Paso County! On
the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month, tours are conducted by
State Park Rangers to either Aztec Caves or Cottonwood Springs
(tours alternate on Saturdays and Sundays.) Fees for the tours
are $4.00 ($2.00 entrance fee and $2.00 activity fee.) People
interested in taking the tour (s) should meet at 9:00 am at the
entrance to Franklin Mountains State Park on the West side of
Trans-Mountain road. Reservations are required. For more information
and reservations, call: (915) 566-6441.
Hueco Tanks State Historical
Park is located about 32 miles east of El Paso and ranch
road 2775, just north of US 62-180 (Montana Avenue inside city
limits), in El Paso County. Activities include: birding, amateur
astronomy, rock art: (2000 - year old Native American pictographs);
Also, hiking, world-class rock climbing, picnicking & nature
photography. Special Events: Free rock art tours/pictograph
tours/Bird identification tours/slide show presentations. Times
and dates vary: call for details. (915) 857-1135. Camping reservations
through Texas State Parks Central Reservations: (512) 389-8900.
** Nominal admission fee to park. Some special events are complimentary
while others also charge small fee.
LAJITAS RESORT on FM 170 near Big Bend
National Park. Old West Town with a breathtaking 18-hole
golf course with a feature hole in Mexico, luxurious room accommodations
(our premiere junior suites overlook the Ambush Golf Course);
tennis; fitness; equestrian; day spa; private airport; daily
activities; boardwalk shops - gift stores, apparel stores, art
gallery, and an outfitters store to help book & guide your
adventures (biking, hiking, rafting, horseback riding, birding,
jeep tours). 3 Restaurants - one gourmet with fine dining; one
casual Southwestern flare; one deli-sandwich & coffee shop.
Majestic mountain views and spectacular sunsets. Historical town
with Sunday church services in San Carlos mission. Call to book
your flight on our private jets and your room by calling our
Destination Services Department at 877-LAJITAS (525-4827). www.lajitas.com.
Texas River Expeditions - Big Bend
National Park. Texas River Expeditions operates year-round,
offering 1 day and multi-day rafting trips through the canyons
of the Rio Grande. We also offer 2 hour to all day Jeep Tours
in the Big Bead area. In the summer we also run rivers in Colorado & Idaho.
Call us at 1-800-839-RAFT or check our website at www.texasriver.com.
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