TourTexas Nature Trails
A directory of Texas Nature Tourism activities, destinations
and services in the Texas Panhandle Plains Region.
Amarillo, Texas is home to the Palo Duro Canyon,
second largest canyon in the U.S. and the renown outdoor drama "Texas". Wide
open spaces fascinate the visitor from all over the globe; four
distinct seasons and a constant breeze are responsible for the
city's mild climate and clean air year-round. Route 66, the American
Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum, the Panhandle Plains
Museum, the Big Texan Opry and melodrama, great shopping - all
this and exciting western history make Amarillo unique. A place
where "cowboy" is still an honorable profession, a place where
you can "Step into the Real Texas!" For information
call 806-374-1497 or visit www.tourtexas.com/amarillo.
The Bevers House on Brick Street, Haskell,
Texas • 311 N. Ave. F • Haskell, TX • 79521 • 970-864-3284.
The Historical Bevers House on Brick Street was built in 1904
by Spence Bevers, an early contractor who built the home for
his family. Abe & Ruby Turner acquired the property in 1964.
After raising their family and finding themselves with an "empty
nest", the Turners opened the four bedroom Colonial home as a
bed & breakfast. The home is furnished with many antiques.
The backyard features a swimming pool and a hot tub complemented
by outdoor antique memorabilia. A full country breakfast is offered
guests featuring homemade jellies, breads, and preserves. MC,
VISA, & AMEX cards are accepted, but cash and checks are
welcome. Prices range from $50-$75.
Big Spring State Park, 382 acres, caps one
of the limestone bluffs at the northern edge of the Edwards Plateau,
in Big Springs, Texas. Come and enjoy our combined scenic drive
and walking route; and a 2/3 mile nature trail. Wildlife, such
as cottontails, jackrabbits, ground squirrels and roadrunners is
common, particularly early or late in the day. Many of the area's
numerous and varied bird species can also be observed. A burrowing
owl population can be observed at a nearby airpark. Also, from
late October to April, Sandhill cranes can be seen at the Sandhill
Sanctuary, north of the State Park. Directions to State Park: From
Abilene, take Interstate 20 West to exit 181A. Proceed southwest
on F.M. 700 for approximately 5 miles and the entrance will be
on your left. From Midland, take Interstate 20 east to Big Spring,
take business 20 exit eastbound (exit #174), turn right onto FM
700, park is on the right. Comanche Trail Park offers good birding
opportunities and is located next to the State Park. For more details,
call the park (voice) 915-263-4931 or fax 915-263-3935.
Burnett, Texas - Vanishing Texas River Cruise,
the "Premier Ecological Tour of Texas." Experience 2 1/2
hours of untouched scenic wilderness through the historic Colorado
River Canyon. Let us show you the natural beauty of this scenic
river as we cruise past spectacular waterfalls and sheer cliffs.
All this in the comfort of our famous cruise boat the 'Texas
Eagle', a 70 ft, 180 passenger vessel with an enclosed all weather
deck plus observation deck. Seasonal opportunities include: Bald
Eagle Cruises, Scenic Wilderness Cruises, Swimming/Hiking Cruises,
Sunset Dinner Cruises, Wildflower Cruises. Call 1-800-4-RIVER-4
today and be here for an awesome time tomorrow.
Fisher County is a very diverse area, from
rolling plains to rugged terrain. This area has everything for
the tourist looking for a spot to view the natural beauty, wildlife,
or hunting. A golf course is also present in the northeast part
of the county. We have some the friendliest people in west Texas.
We have a view of Double Mountain, the main attraction to the area.
Indians lived here years ago and if you come, you could see some
of the beauty that kept them here. We have a hunting co-op that
provides some of the best dove and quail hunting in Texas. For
more information, call 915-776-2171. Please mention this listing
when inquiring. Region: Texas Panhandle Plains.
San Angelo Texas - The San Angelo State
Park features 7,563 acres of recreational and leisure activities.
Located at O.C. Fisher Reservoir along the western boundary of
the city, the park has abundant camping facilities and RV hookups.
Log cabins are also available for rental. For park information
call 915-949-4757 or 915-947-2687. San Angelo State Park is
astride the junction of four ecological zones: the High Plains
to the north, the Texas Hill Country to the south, the Rolling
Plains to the east and the arid Trans-Pecos desert to the west.
Consequently, plant and animal life is highly diversified, including
some 300 species of birds and 50 animal species. Look especially
for the horned lizards that inhabit the park. The park now has
its own herd of Texas Longhorns and several buffalo for viewing.
Recreational facilities and tour activities at the park include:
- Boating ramps, high and low water, are available.
- Fishing from shore or boat for catfish, crappie, bass.
- Swimming and wading is permitted.
- Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding is available on
more than 50 miles of multi-use trails. Another 28 miles are
- Wildlife viewing includes wonderful birding (more than 300
species) with eastern and western species both occurring, as
well as mammal viewing (50 species).
- Hunting permits are available in specified areas, with a six-month
small game season and special draw hunts for deer and turkey.
Call 915-947-4757 for information.
- Interpretive guided tours are scheduled year-round on paleontology
and archaeology found in the park. Call 915-949-4757 for current
- A petroglyph tour takes visitors by the site of a prehistoric
Indian village to see Indian rock art. Star-gazing parties are
scheduled for interesting celestial events.
- Frequent trail rides are offered. Call 915-949-4757 for schedule.
- A dinosaur walk takes hikers back in time to tracks left by
Permian period vertebrae. Three-mile total hike.
- Macey's Ridge tour takes hikers on a scenic trail to Macey's
Ridge, sit on an early pioneer's final resting place. Four-mile
Stasney's Cook Ranch in Albany, Texas is a
25,000-acre working cattle ranch available for persons who want
an authentic Texas experience. The ranch has received numerous
conservation and ranching awards and is loaded with opportunities
for persons who enjoy nature, Texas culture, adventure and history.
We're located approximately 8 miles north of Albany; 35 miles northeast
of Abilene and 120 miles due west of Ft. Worth, Texas. Activities
at the ranch include: Birding and guided wildlife tours, Trail
rides, Hiking and mountain biking, Cattle drives, Fishing, Stargazing,
Guided hunts. Retreats, groups, weddings and reunions are welcome.
For more information, call toll-free 888-762-2999, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.stasney.com.
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