Resaca de la Palma State Park

Resaca de la Palma State Park

  • Viewing Platform Over a Resaca
    See what wildlife you can spot from one of our decks overlooking the resaca.
  • Touring Resaca de la Palma
    Explore the park on foot, bike or tram!
  • Family Birding With a Ranger
    Bring the whole family out to look for birds along the Texas border.
  • Savannah Grasslands
    Away from the resacas, you'll find a different habitat: woodland and savannah.
  • Buttefly Closup
    Butterflies and moths are plentiful here.
  • Sunflower
    Bring your camera or art supplies to capture images of flowers, grasses and trees.

Rio Grande Treasure

The Rio Grande etched the land in South Texas, and the result here is a semi-tropical paradise. Resaca de la Palma provides a peaceful refuge for both wildlife and people.

Things to Do

Explore over eight miles of trails, watch for wildlife from one of four decks overlooking the resaca, take a tram tour, or attend a ranger program. Reserve one of our group sites for your next gathering.

What you can’t do here is drive your car! We do not allow private vehicles in the park. Instead, access the park and its trails by tram, on foot or on bike. Park your car at the visitor center.

Park store

Our park store offers shopping and rentals.

Choose a field guide or book, t-shirt, hat or other gift items. We also have cold drinks, snacks and ice cream.

Rent one of the following items to use in the park:

  • Bicycles (must be returned by 3 p.m.):
    • Regular and children’s bikes (no training wheels): $5 per day
    • Adult tricycles and children’s carrier with bike: $8 per day
  • Binoculars: $3 per day

Get Involved

Volunteers help with programs, outreach, office duties and maintenance. If your group wants to volunteer or you need volunteer hours, call ((956) 350-2920) or visit our headquarters.

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Ranger Programs

We offer programs on the nature and history of this area. Visit our Events page for upcoming programs.

Custom nature programs for your group are available on request. Call (956) 350-2920 for information.


Become a Junior Ranger!

  • Borrow an Explorer Pack, with tools for exploring nature.
  • Complete activities in our Activity Journal to earn a badge.


We offer year-round field trips! Call us for information.

Area Attractions

Resaca de la Palma is in Brownsville, about a 40-minute drive from South Padre Island and Brownsville’s historic downtown. There you’ll find many restaurants, museums, bicycle trails and the Gladys Porter Zoo.

Cross off a couple of our nearby sister state parks when you visit:

1000 New Carmen Ave. (off Hwy. 281 or FM 1732)
Brownsville, TX 78521

Latitude: 25.996275

Longitude: -97.5712694

(956) 350-2920

Entrance Fees
  • Adult Day Use: $4 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Park Open Daily
6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Visitor Center Open Tuesday through Sunday:
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

We often reach capacity, and recommend reservations for day use. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.