State Parks Getaways - Fall 2016

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Monarchs at San Angelo State Park

Prime Parks for Monarchs

Monarch butterflies travel by the millions to their winter home in Mexico each year. They pass through central Texas and along the coast in October, stopping only to eat and sleep. 

If you want to see this natural wonder, monarch groups have stopped at these parks in the past and may visit them again:

Wherever you are, support pollinators by taking part in the Texas Pollinator BioBlitz, Oct. 7-16. Sign up to receive daily challenges, then look for monarchs or other pollinators and share your findings online with the hashtag, #savethepollinators. Join us! It’s a lot of fun and helps pollinators, which help all Texans.

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Top 28 Parks for RVing

Top 28 Parks for RVing

Best scenario for an RVer? Finding a pristine spot with full hookups! Texas has 28 beautiful state parks that offer campsites with electricity, water and sewer, and both 50 and 30 amp service. These first-class sites are located all over the state and every one has on-site park police to ensure safety.

The most economical way to tour parks is with a Texas State Parks Pass. It allows unlimited free entry to you and everyone in your vehicle for a year, along with discounts on camping. Whether you travel via a vintage Airstream, pop-up, or top-of-the-line motorhome, you’ve discovered the special freedom of an RV. Use it to enjoy a night or a few weeks in your iconic Texas state parks. 

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Group Event? Host It at a Park


Seeking indoor overnight lodging for a reunion, retreat or other group event? Try a state park. We offer lodges, barracks, bunkhouses, yurts and screened shelters, as well as group dining and recreation halls that allow overnight use. Some have AC, kitchens and Wi-Fi.

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Planning a daytime meeting or team-builder? Parks offer picnic areas, screened shelters, lodges, dining halls and recreation halls. Most have AC and some have AV hookups. Make your next meetup unique -have it at a state park!

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Call the Hotline

Ready to book a park facility? Call 512-389-8920, Mon.-Wed. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Thurs.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The staff will help you with group rates, booking a site up to a year in advance, and help you get the most from your visit.

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Parks Getting Better All the Time

Completed Projects

Between the wildfires, floods and age, our state parks needed help. So earlier this year, the Texas Legislature created funding for park improvements. We’ve already completed 10 projects, ranging from new cabins at Ft. Boggy to the crucial repair of wastewater lines at Palo Duro. Join us at Ft. Boggy on 9/23 for its Grand Re-opening and celebrate your state parks’ bright future.

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Future Projects

Eighty projects are planned in 50 state parks, thanks to new Legislative funding. Some of the most exciting are: a new visitor center at Franklin Mountains, new beachside facilities at Galveston Island, critical repairs of Battleship Texas, and the design of a brand new park, Palo Pinto Mountains. These improvements wouldn’t be possible without your support – thank you! 

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In the Moment

Pokemon Go

If you play Pokémon GO!, we invite you to catch some Pokémon in Texas State Parks. You can use our free Pokémon GO! Trainers Guide to State Parks! available through the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine's free app. The guide will clue you in with trail maps marked with PokéStops and Gyms, Pokémon events, exclusive tips and more. Share your catches on social media with: #TexasParksPokemon. 


This is our Snapcode for Snapchat, a social media app. Texas Parks and Wildlife uses Snapchat to share in-the-moment photos and videos from special places. Snaps last only 24 hours, so follow us to avoid missing something spectacular! We’d also love to see any geofilters you’ve created for state parks. If you’re not a Snapchat user, connect with us on one of our other social media outlets.

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