State Parks Getaways - January 2017

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Camp With Us – No Experience Necessary

Have you always wanted to try camping, but aren’t sure what gear to bring or what to do with it once you get out there? Well, grab some friends or your family and sign up for one of our weekend camping workshops at state parks across Texas.

An experienced Texas Outdoor Family instructor will teach you skills such as how to set up a tent, cook outdoors and build a campfire. Best of all, we provide all the equipment! Just bring your own bedding and food.

The workshops include organized outdoor activities like kayaking, hikes, fishing and more. Join us for a weekend of fun and adventure! Camping is easy once you get the hang of it, and spring is the perfect time to camp in Texas.

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10 Stunning Views Waiting for You

Monument Hill view, video link

Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery Historic Sites were settled early in Texas history, and once you see this hilltop view you’ll know why. Walk along the trails and watch for scenic overlooks of the Hill Country and the ruins of the brewery. Any fans of beer in your group? Visit on a Saturday to take a fascinating guided tour of the old Kreische brewery.


Davis Mountains SP view, video link

Davis Mountains State Park is wild and full of adventure. Located N/NW of Big Bend, the park has miles of trails with deep views in every direction. Visit the “Best Little Bird Blind in Texas” for a view of unique birds. And once the sun sets, the stars create an entirely new magnificent view. Come out, it’s worth the drive.  


Palo Duro view, video link

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, near Amarillo, is the 2nd largest canyon in the U.S. and is known as the Grand Canyon of Texas. Its tall rock formations and multi-layered canyon walls are as colorful as its history. There are more than 30 miles of trails, so hike, bike, or ride your horse. There’s a new view at every turn. This park is a must-see! 

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New funding brings brighter future to state parks

2017 Resolution: Volunteer Here

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If your New Year’s resolution includes volunteering, check out the variety of opportunities at state parks in your area with our online search tool.

How much time you commit is up to you. Try a few hours each month enacting living history at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Or you can live at some parks, like Meridian, if you volunteer as a Park Host.

Or start with a one-off. Our volunteer project calendar has one-day events like tree planting in Bastrop or trail work in Dinosaur Valley. Volunteering has been shown to reduce stress and increase feelings of well-being – resolve to do it at a state park in 2017.

State Park Ambassadors

Are you an outdoor fanatic? Become a Texas State Parks Ambassador! These volunteers, all aged 18-30, use their skills and creativity to help state parks and spread the word that Life’s #BetterOutside. 

The experience begins with a Leadership Training Adventure: 5 nights of group camping, backpacking and fun. Once completed, each Ambassador partners with a local state park for 3 projects: social media, hands-on service and outreach. 

Our next Leadership Training Adventure is for the Gulf Coast region, March 10-15. All young adults in the area who love the outdoors are encouraged to apply

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Insider Tip:

Ever had camping envy? Lock down a spot at your favorite state park by making reservations early. You can reserve cabins, shelters and campsites up to 333 days in advance.


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