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Parks for the Holidays

Christmas photo

The holidays are an excellent time to get your family out of the routine – and to a state park!

Many parks are hosting holiday events. From decorated campsite driving tours, to concerts, Santa sightings, arts & crafts, and much more.

See what's happening in a park near you!

Find holiday events

See photos of holidays past

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First Day Hiking!

Hikers at Davis Mountains State Park at a 2019 First Day Hike.
Hikers at Davis Mountains State Park at a 2019 First Day Hike.

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. You can even ring in the new year at a midnight hike!

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

See a list of First Day Hikes.

Hike Pick: Estero Llano Grande State Park

Alligator Lake

Alligator Lake - Estero Llano Grande State Park

Even non-birders enjoy exploring at Estero Llano Grande State Park. The hundreds of bird species here may hook you on birding, but you'll find other animals, too.

Look for some of them on the 20-minute flat hike to Alligator Lake. From the safety of shore, you're likely to see one of the large reptiles sunning on the banks or waiting in the water for its next meal.

Along the way you'll see and hear an almost overwhelming bounty of birds, butterflies and plants. You might even pass bobcat kittens playing in the shade! Keep your distance from these treasures so you don't scare them away.

Don't forget your camera to capture these memories and share with others.

TPW Magazine: Park News

The View From Above

Runner on aerial of Government Canyon State Natural Area

TPWD's photographers have traveled the state, sometimes taking to the skies to capture revealing aerial images of the landscape. These photos provide a new perspective on our public lands. Check out this photo of a trail runner at Government Canyon State Natural Area.

See more aerial images of other state parks in this month's issue of TPW Magazine.

Activities and Programs

Fall for Parks

Fall for Parks

Autumn in Texas brings some of the best weather of the year! Enjoy the crisp fall season with a colorful hike, a feast in the park, or a camping getaway.

  Celebrate the Fall

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