Friday, November 6, 2015

National Lands: Texas (Part 1)

English: The Rio Grande, separating Mexico fro...
English: The Rio Grande, separating Mexico from the U.S., within the massive 1,500 foot high walls of Santa Elena Canyon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Two national parks are located in Texas. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in the far western section of the state. The park is west of El Paso on the Texas-New Mexico border. The closest interstate is Interstate 10 to the south. The fossil reef has more than 80 miles of trails. Hiking and backpacking are some of the available activities. Horseback riding is permitted on some trails for those who bring their own horses.

Big Bend National Park is located in southwestern Texas with Interstate 10 to the north. This park is on the big bend of the Rio Grande River on the border with Mexico. Boating opportunities are available on the river, which has been designated the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River. The area is covered by 100 miles of paved roads and 150 miles of dirt roads and 200 miles of hiking trails. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are some of the many activities.

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Tex...
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
To the east of Big Bend on the Rio Grande River is Amistad National Recreation Area. The area is south of Interstate 10 and north of Del Rio. Fishing and boating are available, but visitors must keep in mind that the border line for Mexico is in the middle of the lake. In Fritch is the Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. The lake is located north of Amarillo and Interstate 40. A variety of water activities, hiking and horseback riding are available. Also in Fritch near Lake Meredith is the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. Guided tours of the quarry are available.

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