Natural Art

Photo by Sarah

Where do you go for artistic inspiration? If state parks aren’t on your list, they should be. From beaches to mountains, from desert to forests, from grand vistas to tiny details - state parks hold some of the most beautiful places in Texas.

Head out to a state park this weekend with your camera, paints, sketch pad, pen/paper, or guitar. Let nature inspire you!

Park Pick: Caprock Canyons

Bison on the Caprock

Bison on the Caprock

Crossing the threshold of the park, you rattle across a cattle guard. This is the first hint that you are entering a different kind of place. Here lies the prairie land of Caprock Canyons State Park, home of the official bison herd of Texas.

Perhaps the greatest allure of the park is its ability to take you back in time. History is a remembrance of past events. But the unique elements of Caprock Canyons State Park make you feel that history is still alive here in the Texas Panhandle.

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Hike Pick: Government Canyon State Park

Traveling Back in Time: Joe Johnston Route

Government Canyon State Natural Area

The military blazed the Joe Johnston Route at Government Canyon State Natural Area in the 1850s.

The trail sits atop the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. This sensitive area provides water to millions of central Texans, and has attracted life for millions of years. Watch for dinosaur prints, made over 100 million years ago. Look for signs of the area's ranch history as you hike. Your trip will culminate at the Zizelmann house. A family of German bakers is believed to have built this house in 1882.

This rugged trail is a 5.7-mile round trip. Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes. Protect this fragile area by leaving no trace and hiking without Fido. With your help, the Joe Johnston route will have a past, present and future.

Park Programs and Events

Fall for Parks

Daingerfield State Parks

Take a zombie hike or go trick-or-treating. View dazzling orange, red and yellow fall colors. Paint a pumpkin or try a cooking demo. Choose from special fall events in state parks across Texas.

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