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Park Funding on November Ballot

Building a Brighter Future for Texas State Parks

Proposition 5 is a constitutional amendment that provides a reliable and permanent source of funds for state parks and historic sites - without increasing taxes. Texans will vote on Prop 5 on Nov 5. Early voting starts October 21.

  Learn how Prop 5 would help Texas build new parks and improve and repair existing parks.

Hike Pick: Kickapoo Cavern State Park

Barbado Ridge Trail

Barbado Ridge Trail - Kickapoo Cavern State Park

Experience the rugged beauty of the southwestern Hill Country on Kickapoo Cavern State Park’s Barbado Ridge Trail. This moderate to strenuous hike starts at the lower elevations of the park, giving you a feel for the Chihuahuan Desert as you hike past sotol and lechuguilla.

After a short climb, the landscape opens to grassy remnants of the Edward’s Plateau with great views. You may hear or see the elusive Montezuma quail.

A trails map and phone or GPS unit can help you locate Bee Cave. This sinkhole is home to cave swallows, raccoons, porcupines and, of course, bees. The 2.1-mile trail then heads down to intersect the Long Way Home Trail. From here, you can continue hiking or return to the trailhead.

Bring plenty of water for you and your pet.

TPW Magazine: Park News

Fall: A Second Spring

Guadalupe Mountains
Earl Nottingham/TPWD

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower”, wrote Albert Camus, 20th century French philosopher and writer. While some who move here from northern climes with more spectacular fall color mourn what they left behind, some areas of Texas do put on a colorful show.

Here's a few favorites:

Read more in 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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