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Holidays in the Parks

Tis the season for winter walks, festive lights, perfect presents, and quality time with friends and family. Texas State Parks offer special events and unique gifts to help you celebrate.

Holiday Events

Holiday Gifts

First Day Hikes 2017

Start your new year with a walk in the park! Texas State Parks and parks across the nation will host First Day Hikes on Jan. 1.

We won't just be hosting hikes, however. You can also run with a ranger, paddle a kayak, or go for a swim.

Life's better outside, especially on New Year’s Day!


Park Pick: Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Grandest Canyon in Texas

Tyler State Park

From the scenic overlook on the canyon rim at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the Lighthouse rises like a tiny finger of rock. About a mile and a half down the Lighthouse Trail, the first glimpse of the same rock hints at something more impressive. But nothing compares to standing at the base of this stocky, reddish-orange hoodoo towering 310 feet from the canyon floor.

Winter is great for hiking and biking in the canyon. Average high temperatures are in the upper 50s.

Read more in TPW magazine


Hike Pick: Bonham State Park

Bois d'Arc Trail

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park

Hike through history on Bonham State Park's Bois d’Arc Trail.

Start at the group tent area, and walk across a stone footbridge built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Follow the winding, 2.7-mile network of trails up and down hills and through a thick cedar forest.

Along the trail, you'll spot a few hidden picnic areas, built by the CCC. The boys of the CCC fashioned local stone into grills, tables, and even a commanding stone fireplace. Stop at these relaxing spots and take in the quiet beauty of the forest.

While you rest, plan the next leg of your hike—the park boasts nearly eight miles of trails.


Ranger Roundup

Keep up with cool things happening in your state parks with our new Ranger Roundup web page. Each month we’ll post about new facilities, unique nature sightings, special visitors, and more.

Bookmark this webpage and check back for monthly updates!

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