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Parks open.

  • All state parks that can be are currently open for day use and limited camping.
  • Day pass and camping reservations are highly recommended – make reservations online or by calling (512) 389-8900.
  • We are taking reservations for overnight stays up to five months in advance.
  • Check the Texas State Parks Alert Map for status of individual parks.

Guidelines for your visit:

  • Face coverings are required inside all state park buildings.
  • Six-foot social distancing is required.
  • No groups larger than ten people are allowed, except for families or people living in the same household.
  • See guidelines and tips to plan your visit.

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Take Your Best Shot!

Girls playing in sand Galveston Island State Park

Are you an amateur or professional photographer? Now's your chance to take your best shot at a Texas state park!

Pick your best photo to submit to America's State Parks 2020 Photo Contest. Enter in one of five categories: Camping, Wildlife, Friends and Family, Scenic and Seasons, or Activities.

Deadline to enter is Oct. 31, 2020.

Learn more about State Parks Photo Contest

Hike Pick: Roller Coaster Trail

San Angelo State Park

Roller Coaster Trail - San Angelo State Park

In the south unit of San Angelo State Park one of the most popular trails is the Roller Coaster Trail.

This 1-mile, challenging trail is open to a variety of people with different loves for the outdoors. Mountain bikers enjoy testing their skills on this trail. Park rangers often lead tours on this trail. This trail is also open to horseback riders.

See scenic views of the park, test your balance along its areas of loose gravel, get your blood pumping climbing a couple of hills, and appreciate the many different landscapes along this one trail.

TPW Magazine: Park News

The Stuff of Dreams

Chinati Mountains State Natural Area
Chinati Mountains State Natural Area – Photo by Earl Nottingham, TPWD

It's a long, long, long, long road to become a Texas state park. After donation or purchase, TPWD must survey the land for public use and conservation planning. Funding for design, facilities construction and staffing may not exist yet.

These five properties, totaling more than 65,000 acres of pristine land, will someday be open to the public, but not anytime soon. For now, they're just the stuff of dreams.

Read more The Stuff of Dreams

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