State Parks Getaways – February 2021

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Spend Your Spring Break Outdoors

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Ah, spring – birds sing, flowers bloom and people long to be outside. It's a time when many parks reach capacity, so stay a step ahead by making reservations early. Now's the time to get park day passes for Spring Break, since they can be purchased up to 30 days ahead of your visit.

If you don't lock down reservations at your favorite park in time for Spring Break, find a different park or check Nature Rocks for other outdoor options. Visit any of these 4 parks to enjoy spring's fleeting beauty: 

Before you go, check current COVID-19 park restrictions – and don't forget your mask. 

Join Park Rangers to Celebrate Black History

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Join us as we explore the long history and ongoing contributions of African Americans to your state parks. Park rangers will stream 15 programs live in February to celebrate Black History Month. The series culminates with a fun, interactive Black History Trivia Challenge on Feb. 27 – don't miss it!

Check the events calendar and the Buffalo Soldiers Program's Facebook for more information.

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4 Sweet Spots to Spend Valentine's Day

Share your love of the outdoors on Valentine's Day with a visit to a state park. Adjust your adventure to the weather and enjoy a walk, picnic, bike ride, or just relax and take in the view. V-Day falls on a Sunday this year, and a visit to any one of these 4 parks should sweeten the day. Love is #BetterOutside.

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Lake Mineral Wells – NW of DFW 

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Huntsville – N of Houston

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Garner – W of San Antonio/Austin  

Family picnic on shore of Lake Brownwood

Lake Brownwood – SW of DFW

10 Essentials for an Outdoor Adventure

Ranger John, video link

Ranger John is back, this time with his suggestions for what you need to feel safe and comfortable when you go into the backcountry at a park, including these 4 "-tions":

1. Navigation tools
2. Protection from sun & bugs
3. Insulation from rain & cold
4. Illumination in case it gets dark

Watch Ranger John's video, How to Prepare Your 10 Essentials for all his suggestions. And tell him "Hi" next time you're in Huntsville State Park!

4 Parks to Catch a Rainbow – Literally!

Rainbow trout are fun to catch and SO tasty, but these colorful fish aren't native Texans. So we stock them in selected parks from Dec.-Feb. to offer you the thrill of reeling them in.

You don't need a fishing license to catch rainbows at a state park – just bring a fishing rod, bait and a smile! Watch this video on trout fishing tips, then try your luck at any of these parks before the rainbows disappear. 

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Meridian – NW of Waco

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South Llano River – NW of San Antonio

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Guadalupe River – SW of Austin

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Ft. Richardson – NW of DFW

Hueco Tanks Officially a National Treasure

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Hueco Tanks has between 3,000 and 6,000 ancient pictographs. Its cultural and historical significance to the entire United States was recognized, and it has been made a National Historic Landmark.

This designation gives the park access to federal funds to help honor and protect the history and culture there. The Kiowa, Mescalero Apache, Comanche, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, and the people of the Pueblo of Isleta consider Hueco Tanks a meaningful part of their heritage.

Find out more in our media release, Hueco Tanks State Park, Historic Site Designated as National Landmark

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