National Parks Around Lufkin

Alibates Flint Quarries

National Monument

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13,000 years ago this site was already well-known by mammoth hunters as a place to get the best stone for their tools. Centuries passed but the colorful flint found right here in the Texas panhandle never lost its value and usefulness. Visit and gain a sense of how integral this site was to the survival, commerce and culture of the High Plains.

Turtle Petroglyph at Antelope Creek Village Site

Weather

The Texas Panhandle experiences a wide variety of weather conditions throughout the year. Winters are cold and windy, and summers are hot and dry. It is usually a good idea to bring a jacket with you if you are planning on hiking to the quarries with a ranger because the mesa gets very windy, even in the summer.

Driving Directions

Alibates Flint Quarries is located approximately 35 miles north of Amarillo, Texas. From I-40 in Amarillo, take Lakeside exit north towards Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. Exit on TX 136 north towards Borger. After about 30 miles, turn west from TX 136 onto Cas Johnson Road. Park Service signs will be visible. Proceed approximately 3 miles to "Y" intersection and bear to right. Go northwest approximately 2 miles to the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Visitor Center. More directions to Alibates Flint Quarries.

Operating Hours

We are open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Monday: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 4:00AM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Entrance Fees

Alibates Entrance Fee: All services and programs are free.

Contact

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1460
Fritch, TX 79036

Physical Address:
37084 Alibates Rd.
Potter County, TX 79036

Phone Number: 8068576680

Amistad

National Recreation Area

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An oasis in the desert, Amistad National Recreation Area consists of the US portion of the International Amistad Reservoir. Amistad, whose name comes from the Spanish word meaning friendship, is best known for excellent water-based recreation, camping, hiking, rock art viewing, and its rich cultural history. Amistad is also home to a wide variety of plant and animal life above and below the water.

Amistad National Recreation Area

Weather

Weather in Southwest Texas can change in a matter of minutes. It is best to check the local weather report. Amistad National Recreation Area usually has hot summers and mild winters.

Driving Directions

Six miles west of the HWY 90 and 277 North intersection. More directions to Amistad.

Operating Hours

Amistad National Recreation Area is open daily. The park Visitor Center is open every day from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

There is no entrance fee at Amistad National Recreation Area: To enter the park there is no fee.

Contact

Physical Address:
9685 Highway 90 West
Del Rio, TX 78840

Mailing Address:
4121 Veterans Blvd
Del Rio, TX 78840

Phone Number: (830)775-7491

Big Bend

National Park

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There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend.

An ocotillo grows in the foreground and a pastel desert with bright green shrubs in the background

Weather

Variable -- February through April often pleasant and comfortable temperatures. -- May through August is hot and can be stormy. Temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees in the lower elevations and along the river. -- September through January - . Temperatures are cooler; the weather can turn cold any time during these months.

Driving Directions

Hwy 118 south from Alpine; Hwy 385 south from Marathon; FM 170 from Presidio through Study Butte. More directions to Big Bend.

Operating Hours

Park entrances are open 24 hours daily, all year.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Big Bend Entrance Fee--Per Vehicle: This fee includes all occupants of a private, non-commercial vehicle and is valid for 7 days. Cost: $25

Big Bend Entrance Fee--Motorcycle: Fee applicable to one motorcycle; valid for 7 days. Cost: $20

Big Bend Entrance Fee--Individual: Fee applicable to one individual walking in or bicycling in and is valid for 7 days. Cost: $12

Non-commercial groups with vehicle capacity 15 or less: Non-commercial groups with a vehicle capacity of 15 or less pay a per vehicle fee. Cost: $25

Non-commercial groups with vehicle capacity of 16 or more: Non-commercial groups with a vehicle capacity of 16 or more pay a $12.00 per person fee. Children 15 and younger are free. Annual and lifetime passes may be used. Cost: $12

Commercial Group Fee: $12 per client; passes may not be used. Business is required to obtain commercial use authorization. Bus tours, 25 person capacity or greater, $200 (commercial use authorization not required). Cost: $12

Contact

Physical Address:
1 Panther Junction
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834

Mailing Address:
PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129

Phone Number: 4324772251

Big Thicket

National Preserve

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Life of all types abounds in the Big Thicket. This national preserve protects the incredible diversity of life found where multiple habitats converge in southeast Texas. Hiking trails and waterways meander through nine different ecosystems, from longleaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous. It is a place of discovery, a place to wander and explore, a place to marvel at the richness of nature.

Knobby cypress knees resembling cave stalagmites protrude up from a pool of water.

Weather

Big Thicket National Preserve is generally very hot and humid during the spring and summer. Winters are mild. Snow and subfreezing temperatures are uncommon.

Driving Directions

Big Thicket National Preserve consists of 15 units spread across 7 counties. The visitor center is located approximately 30 miles north of Beaumont, and 8 miles north of Kountze, along US 69/287. More directions to Big Thicket.

Operating Hours

Big Thicket National Preserve is open 24 hours a day. Primitive camping is permitted only with a camping permit, available at the visitor center.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Free Admission: Big Thicket National Preserve does not charge an entrance fee.

Contact

Physical Address:
6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625

Mailing Address:
6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625

Phone Number: 4099516800

Chamizal

monumento conmemorativo nacional

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Driving Directions

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Chamizal

National Memorial

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Chamizal is more than just an urban park to recreate or enjoy a quiet afternoon. These grounds are a reminder of the harmonious settlement of a 100-year border dispute between the United States and Mexico. We celebrate the cultures of the borderlands to promote the same mutual respect that helped to diplomatically resolve an international disagreement.

a bench next to a tree with U.S. and Mexican flags flying against a mountain background

Weather

Chamizal National Memorial is open year-round, but periodic winter weather conditions may cause closure. Please check for alerts on the park website: www.nps.gov/cham. Thunderstorms typically occur during summer and early fall. There may be no shelter to avoid lightning, so please prepare by looking at weather forecasts and paying attention to developing weather conditions.

Driving Directions

From the west take exit 21 off of I-10 toward Piedras Street. Turn right onto Piedras and follow it to Paisano Drive. Turn left onto Paisano and then turn right onto San Marcial Street. From the north take exit 20A off of US-54 for US-62 toward Paisano Drive. Turn right onto Paisano and follow it until you reach San Marcial Street. From the east take exit 22B on I-10 toward US-54. Stay left until two lanes merge, move into the right lane toward Paisano Drive. Turn right at the light and merge onto Paisano. More directions to Chamizal.

Operating Hours

The Memorial grounds are open to vehicle and foot traffic only while the gates are open.

Monday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
Tuesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
Wednesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
Thursday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
Friday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
Saturday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
Sunday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM

Entrance Fees

Chamizal Entrance and Sponsored Programs: Chamizal National Memorial is a fee-free park. There is no entrance fee for the park grounds or Cultural Center exhibit. Programs and events sponsored or presented by the Memorial's park rangers are free to the general public.

Contact

Mailing Address:
800 South San Marcial Street
El Paso, TX 79905

Physical Address:
800 South San Marcial Street
El Paso, TX 79905

Phone Number: 9155327273

El Camino Real de los Tejas

National Historic Trail

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Come on a journey that will carry you through 300 years of Louisiana and Texas frontier settlement and development on a Spanish colonial "royal road" that originally extended to Mexico City, Mexico.

Mexican mission stands in the dirt

Weather

Due to the length of El Camino de los Tejas National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting. Here's a link to the South Central US: www.accuweather.com/en/us/south-central/weather-radar

Driving Directions

El Camino Real includes a wide variety of sites and organizations. Please view the site-specific directions organized by state and site at Places To Go or Passport Program. www.nps.gov/elte/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm Plane: You can reach the national historic trail by flying into a number of airports, including Laredo and San Antonio, Texas, and Alexandria, Louisiana. More directions to El Camino Real de los Tejas.

Operating Hours

OPERATING HOURS VARY FROM SITE TO SITE. There are many historic sites, museums, and parks (federal, state, and local) along El Camino Real in Texas or Louisiana for you to visit. Please contact individual sites for more information by going to Plan Your Visit and selecting Places To Go or Passport Program, where sites are listed by state, and there is an interactive map to search for sites. www.nps.gov/elte/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

General Entrance Fee Information: There are NO USER OR ENTRY FEES fees for El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. NOMINAL FEES may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please visit Plan Your Visit / Places To Go for an interactive map and extensive list of places to visit by state. Contact information is available for each site to call and find out about fees. www.nps.gov/elte/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm

Contact

Physical Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Mailing Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone Number: 5059886098

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

National Historic Trail

Take a journey on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail to savor 300 years of heritage and culture in the Southwest. This Spanish colonial "royal road" in New Mexico and Texas originally extended to Mexico City, Mexico.

tan-colored pueblo Indian ruins with blue sky and three people

Weather

Due to the length of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting. Here is a link for the Southwest US. www.accuweather.com/en/us/southwest-region/weather-radar

Driving Directions

Plane: You can reach the national historic trail by flying into a number of airports, including Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. Car: You can reach most trail sites by auto along the I-25 corridor. Some sites are along unpaved roads. Go to the Places to Go web page for specific site addresses. http://www.nps.gov/elca/planyourvisit/places-to-go.htm More directions to El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

Operating Hours

OPERATING HOURS VARY FROM SITE TO SITE. There are many historic sites, museums, and parks (federal, state, and local) along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail in New Mexico and Texas for you to visit. Please contact individual sites for more information by going to Plan Your Visit and selecting Places To Go or Passport Program, where sites are listed by state, and there is an interactive map to search for sites. www.nps.gov/elca/planyourvisit/places-to-go.htm

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

General Entrance Fee Information: There are NO USER OR ENTRY FEES fees for El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail. NOMINAL FEES may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please visit Plan Your Visit / Places To Go for an interactive map and extensive list of places to visit by state. Contact information is available for each site to call and find out about fees. www.nps.gov/elca/planyourvisit/places-to-go.htm

Contact

Mailing Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Physical Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone Number: 5059886098

Fort Davis

National Historic Site

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Fort Davis is one of the best surviving examples of an Indian Wars' frontier military post in the Southwest. From 1854 to 1891, Fort Davis was strategically located to protect emigrants, mail coaches, and freight wagons on the Trans-Pecos portion of the San Antonio-El Paso Road and on the Chihuahua Trail.

Two ladies working in the kitchen

Weather

Summer Temperatures average a High of 95 and low of 65. Winter Temperatures average a High of 60 and a low of 20. Wind is very common and heavy rainfall is very sporadic.

Driving Directions

We are approximately 2.5 hours south of Midland/Odessa starting on I-20 to HWY 17, 3.5 hours North West of Del Rio starting on HWY 90 to HWY 118, 4 hours east of El Paso starting on I-10 to HWY 118 and 7 hours west of San Antonio starting on I-10 to HWY 17. More directions to Fort Davis.

Operating Hours

Daily Hours are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Fort Davis Entrance Fee - Per Person: Per Person Fee over 15 years of age. 7 Day pass Cost: $7

Fort Davis Entrance Fee - Per Vehicle: All visitors within a non-commercial vehicle included. Visitors under 16 years of age are always Free. Per person fee may be more affordable for two adults. 7 day pass. Cost: $15

Fort Davis Entrance Fee - Per Motorcycle: This fee is for 2 adults on one motorcycle. Per person fee may be more affordable for one adult. 7 day pass. Cost: $10

Contact

Physical Address:
101 Lt. Flipper Dr. #1379
Fort Davis, TX 79734

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1379
Fort Davis, TX 79734

Phone Number: 4324263224

Guadalupe Mountains

National Park

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park protects the world's most extensive Permian fossil reef, the four highest peaks in Texas, an environmentally diverse collection of flora and fauna, and the stories of lives shaped through conflict, cooperation and survival. Come experience mountains and canyons, desert and dunes, night skies and spectacular vistas within a place unlike any other within the NPS.

El Capitan with blooming claret cup cacti

Weather

Weather in the Guadalupe Mountains can change in an instant. In the Spring and Summer, average temperatures vary with highs between 70F-80F+ with evening lows in the 40F-60F range. The Fall and Winter bring milder temperatures with highs in between 50F-60F with evening lows in the 30F-50F range.

Driving Directions

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located on the north side of US Hwy 62/180. If you are traveling east from El Paso, TX, we are 110 miles East of the city. Follow US Hwy 62/180 North to the Pine Springs Visitor Center. If you are traveling from Van Horn, TX, you will travel north on US 54 and make a left hand turn at the junction of US 62/180 to arrive at the park. If you are traveling west from Carlsbad, NM, you will travel on US Hwy 62/180 South and cross into Texas. Follow signs to the park. More directions to Guadalupe Mountains.

Operating Hours

The Pine Springs Visitor Center is open year round for visitors and is only closed on December 25th. Visitors can tour the museum, watch the park slide show, and obtain park maps and brochures for their visit.

Monday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Thursday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Friday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Sunday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee: Visitors that intend to hike in the park will pay a fee of $5 per person for ages 16 and over. Once the fee is paid, it is good for 5 days. Children under 15 and under are free. Holders of the Annual, Senior, Military, and Access Pass can bring in 3 adults free of charge under their pass. Cost: $5

Contact

Physical Address:
400 Pine Canyon
Salt Flat, TX 79847

Mailing Address:
400 Pine Canyon
Salt Flat, TX 79847

Phone Number: 9158283251

Lake Meredith

National Recreation Area

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Within the dry and windswept high plains of the Texas Panhandle lies a hidden oasis, a welcoming haven where wildlife and humans find respite from the dry grasslands above. Through this plain, the Canadian River has cut dramatic 200-foot canyons, or breaks, where humans have eked out a living for over 13,000 years. Lake Meredith now occupies these hidden coves where early humans once roamed.

A boat speeds across Lake Meredith.

Weather

The Texas Panhandle experiences a wide variety of weather conditions throughout the year. Winters are cold and windy, and summers are hot and dry. It is usually a good idea to bring a jacket with you because the region gets very windy, even in the summer.

Driving Directions

There are several different ways to get to Lake Meredith. If you are coming from Amarillo, exit Loop 335 North, then exit Hwy 136 North to Fritch. Headquarters is located at 419 E. Broadway in Fritch. If coming from the North you can take 1913 from the Dumas Highway or 1913 from US 287. The airport in Amarillo is approximately 35 miles south of Lake Meredith if traveling by air. Rental cars are available. More directions to Lake Meredith.

Operating Hours

The National Recreation Area is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fees: Fee for entering Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Contact

Physical Address:
419 E. Broadway
Fritch, TX 79036

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1460
Fritch, TX 79036

Phone Number: 8068573151

Lyndon B Johnson

National Historical Park

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---Lyndon Baines Johnson Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park tells the story of our 36th President beginning with his ancestors until his final resting place on his beloved LBJ Ranch. This entire "circle of life" gives the visitor a unique perspective into one of America's most noteworthy citizens by providing the most complete picture of any American president.

View of Texas White House from front lawn.

Weather

Overall, the park enjoys a sunny, mild climate during three seasons of the year. Spring: Temperatures range from 45 F to 85 F (7 C/29 C). Rain is common in April and May. Summer: Temperatures range from 70 F to 95 F (21 C/35 C). Temperatures can exceed 100 F (38 C) in July and August. Lightweight clothing and sunscreen are advisable. Be prepared with plenty of water. Fall: Temperatures range from 45 F to 85 F (7 C/29 C). Winter: Temperatures range from 35 F to 65 F (2 C/18 C) . Snow and ice are rare.

Driving Directions

By car to National Park Headquarters and the Visitor Center in Johnson City: From Austin, take Highway 290 west. From San Antonio, take Highway 281 north. From Fredericksburg, take Highway 290 east. By car to the LBJ Ranch and LBJ State Park and Historic Site: From Johnson City, take Highway 290 fourteen miles west to the LBJ State Park. From Fredericksburg, take Highway 290 sixteen miles east to the LBJ State Park. The nearest major airports are in Austin and San Antonio. More directions to Lyndon B Johnson.

Operating Hours

The park is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. For hours specific to visitor centers and tours of historic buildings please see descriptions elsewhere.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Entrance: The park does not charge an entrance fee. A fee is charged for tours of the ground floor of the Texas White House and is as follows: Ages 18 and older: $3.00 Ages 17 and younger: free

Contact

Physical Address:
100 Ladybird Lane
Johnson City, TX 78636

Mailing Address:
100 Ladybird Lane
Johnson City, TX 78636

Phone Number: 8308687128

Padre Island

National Seashore

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Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world. The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for over 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.

A small boy plays at the water's edge on Padre Island

Weather

Padre Island has long, hot summers and short, mild winters. Summers are very humid. Winter can bring strong cold fronts and gale force winds. Most rain falls near the beginning and end of hurricane season (June-October). Average seasonal temperatures (Fahrenheit) are: Spring - high 70s-80s, low 50s-60s; Summer - high mid-90s, low 70s; Fall - high 70s-80s, low 50s-60s; Winter - high 50s-70s, low 30s-40s. Year-round, average wind speed ranges from 5-25 miles per hour. Relative humidity seldom drops below 70%.

Driving Directions

The National Seashore is located on North Padre Island, southeast of the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. Visitors to the area should head east through Corpus Christi on Highway 358. After crossing the JFK Causeway onto Padre Island, Highway 358 changes to Park Road 22. Continue about 10 miles south on Park Road 22 to reach the park entrance. More directions to Padre Island.

Operating Hours

The park is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. However, park facilities are not open 24 hours per day. Hours for the entrance station, where the required entrance pass is sold, vary from day to day. If the entrance station is not open when you arrive, you can proceed into the park. If you are camping, go back to the entrance station the next morning and obtain an entrance pass. If not camping, pay the entrance fee as you leave if the entrance station is open.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Padre Island Vehicle Entrance Fee: This fee provides entrance into the park for one private, standard passenger vehicle for up to 7 days. It covers all occupants of the vehicle. Cost: $10

Padre Island Bicycle/Pedestrian Entrance Fee: This fee provides entrance into the park for one pedestrian or one bicycle for up to 7 days. Cost: $5

Bird Island Basin Use Fee: This fee provides for use of the Bird Island Basin area within Padre Island National Seashore for one day. It covers all occupants of one private, standard passenger vehicle. Bird Island Basin provides access to the Laguna Madre and has a boat ramp, windsurfing and kayaking area, and camping area. Please note this fee is in addition to the park entrance fee. Cost: $5

Contact

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480

Physical Address:
20420 Park Road 22
Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Phone Number: 3619498068

Palo Alto Battlefield

National Historical Park

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On May 8, 1846, United States and Mexican troops clashed on the prairie of Palo Alto. The battle was the first in a two-year long war that changed the map of North America. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park preserves the site of this notable battle and provides an understanding of the causes, events, and consequences of the U.S.-Mexican War.

Shaded structure overlooking the battlefield

Weather

Summers are hot and humid. Tropical weather systems generally affect the area from August to October. Winters are usually mild but cold fronts can drop temperatures by up to 30 degrees in about an hour.

Driving Directions

The park is located on Brownsville's north side, near the city of Los Fresnos. It is just north of the intersection of FM 1847 (Paredes Line Rd.) and FM 511/FM 550. More directions to Palo Alto Battlefield.

Operating Hours

The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park's busy season runs from November through May. During the month of May, the visitor center and trails are often busy with school field trips in the mornings. Park trails close at 4:30 p.m. All gates are locked at 5 p.m.

Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

No admission fee: There is no fee to enter Palo Alto Battlefield or attend park programs and events. Enjoy your visit!

Contact

Mailing Address:
1623 Central Blvd., Suite 213
Brownsville, TX 78520

Physical Address:
7200 Paredes Line Road
Brownsville, TX 78526

Phone Number: 9565412785

Rio Grande

Wild & Scenic River

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It is an irresistible playground where unruly rapids check your skills as a canyon wren’s definitive call cascades down ancient limestone cliffs. Below the chasm, the canyon’s raw beauty dances across mirrored water. While the primal nature of the river stirs hunger for spirited adventure, the river is also an undulant ribbon of wetland corridor and, against all odds, the lifeblood of the desert.

River in the foreground disappears into a high walled canyon in the background.

Weather

Variable -- February-April: High temperatures range from mid-70sF (23C) to low-90sF (32C) with lows from the mid-30sF (2C) to mid-50sF (12C). Cold fronts can bring freezing weather with rain or snow. -- May-August: Temperatures are hot and the weather can be stormy. Temperatures over 100F (more than 38C) degrees. -- September-January:Temperatures are cooler. The weather can turn cold any time during these months.

Driving Directions

Hwy 118 south from Alpine; Hwy 385 south from Marathon; FM 170 from Presidio through Study Butte. More directions to Rio Grande.

Operating Hours

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River Entrance Fee: The Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River does not have an entry fee however, if you float the portions of the Wild & Scenic River inside Big Bend National Park, you will be charged for entry into the National Park.

Contact

Mailing Address:
Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834

Physical Address:
Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834

Phone Number: 4324772251

San Antonio Missions

National Historical Park

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After 10,000 years, the people of South Texas found their cultures, their very lives under attack. In the early 1700s Apache raided from the north, deadly diseases traveled from Mexico, and drought lingered. Survival lay in the missions. By entering a mission, they foreswore their traditional life to become Spanish, accepting a new religion and pledging fealty to a distant and unseen king.

Mission Concepción, World Heritage Site

Weather

Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 95°F and is rarely below 29°F or above 100°F. The warm season lasts from May through September with an average daily high temperature above 90°F and a low of 75°F. The cold season lasts from November through February with an average daily high below 68°F and an average low of 40°F. The relative humidity ranges from 40-80% over the course of the year, which can be very uncomfortable to many people.

Driving Directions

Park Headquarter's is located 4 miles south of downtown San Antonio. The four mission sites lay as a chain south of downtown. Mission Concepción is 3 miles, Mission San José and the park visitor center is 6 miles south, Mission San Juan is 3 miles south of San José, and Mission Espada lays another mile beyond. Written directions and GPS addresses can be found at the link below. More directions to San Antonio Missions.

Operating Hours

Missions San Juan and Espada are open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily. All sites closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee: Entrance to the park is free.

Contact

Physical Address:
Visitor Center at Mission San José
San Antonio, TX 78214

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Waco Mammoth

National Monument

On July 10, 2015, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation making the Waco Mammoth Site a new unit of the National Park System. This paleontological site represents the nation’s only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths. Visitors can view "in situ" fossils including female mammoths, a bull mammoth, and a camel that lived approximately 67,000 years ago.

Visitors view fossils from walkway

Weather

Overall, the monume enjoys a sunny, mild climate during three seasons of the year. Spring: Temperatures range from 45 F to 85 F (7 C/29 C). Rain is common in April and May. Summer: Temperatures range from 70 F to 95 F (21 C/35 C). Temperatures can exceed 100 F (38 C) in July and August. Lightweight clothing and sunscreen are advisable. Be prepared with plenty of water. Fall: Temperatures range from 45 F to 85 F (7 C/29 C). Winter: Temperatures range from 35 F to 65 F (2 C/18 C) . Snow and ice are rare.

Driving Directions

From I-35 North, take exit 339 and head west on Lake Shore Drive. Turn right on Steinbeck Bend Drive and travel 1.5 miles to the Monument. From I-35 South, take exit 335C and head northwest on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Continue straight onto Steinbeck Bend Drive and travel 1.5 miles to the Monument. The Monument is easily accessible via personal vehicle, bus, or motor home. More directions to Waco Mammoth.

Operating Hours

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Guided Tour Fee - Adult: This fee is for a tour of the Dig Shelter where mammoth fossils are in situ (still in their original position within the bone bed). The only access to the Dig Shelter is with a tour guide. Length of tour - 45 minutes to one hour. Cost: $5

Guided Tour Fee - Senior (over 60): This fee is for a tour of the Dig Shelter where mammoth fossils are in situ (still in their original position within the bone bed). The only access to the Dig Shelter is with a tour guide. Length of tour - 45 minutes to one hour. Cost: $4

Guided Tour Fee - Military (with ID): This fee is for a tour of the Dig Shelter where mammoth fossils are in situ (still in their original position within the bone bed). The only access to the Dig Shelter is with a tour guide. Length of tour - 45 minutes to one hour. Cost: $4

Guided Tour Fee - Educators (with ID): This fee is for a tour of the Dig Shelter where mammoth fossils are in situ (still in their original position within the bone bed). The only access to the Dig Shelter is with a tour guide. Length of tour - 45 minutes to one hour. Cost: $4

Guided Tour Fee - Students (7th grade through college): This fee is for a tour of the Dig Shelter where mammoth fossils are in situ (still in their original position within the bone bed). The only access to the Dig Shelter is with a tour guide. Length of tour - 45 minutes to one hour. Cost: $4

Guided Tour Fee - Children (preK through 6th grade): This fee is for a tour of the Dig Shelter where mammoth fossils are in situ (still in their original position within the bone bed). The only access to the Dig Shelter is with a tour guide. Length of tour - 45 minutes to one hour. Cost: $3

Guided Tour Fee - Infants (ages 3 and under): This fee is for a tour of the Dig Shelter where mammoth fossils are in situ (still in their original position within the bone bed). The only access to the Dig Shelter is with a tour guide. Length of tour - 45 minutes to one hour.

Entrance Fee: There is no entrance fee to Waco Mammoth National Monument. There are guided tour fees.

Contact

Mailing Address:
6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive
Waco, TX 76708

Physical Address:
6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive
Waco, TX 76708

Phone Number: 2547507946