20 state parks within a day’s trip from San Antonio that are perfect for fall camping
Saturday marks the first official day of the fall season, meaning cooler weather (should) be ahead. If you’ve been wanting to spend time outdoors but have been avoiding it due to the heat, now’s the time to plan for those fall camping trips.
Texas State Parks expand capacity, remove group limits in time for spring, summer camping
SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Parks and Wildlife on Wednesday said state parks will return to normal capacity in time for spring and summer camping seasons. Texas State Parks “have begun a strategic and thoughtful process of expanding capacity statewide” as Gov. “We’re excited to welcome more visitors to our parks,” Rodney Franklin, director of Texas State Parks, said in a news release. “We want Texans to know that the safety of our visitors and our park staff is our top priority as we increase visitor capacity. Texas State parks closed at the beginning of April 2020 as the state began shutting down due to the first wave of coronavirus cases.
Enchanted Rock looks like a ’winter wonderland,’ but you shouldn’t visit during icy conditions, park says
SAN ANTONIO – While it looks like a winter wonderland, the staff at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area say it is “dangerous” to visit the park during icy conditions that are hitting Central and South Texas this week. Staff said that the weather has knocked out power to the park, therefore the phone lines are down. Another clip of a cold, ice covered park and the poor frozen trees & grasses in and along Sandy Creek. Posted by Enchanted Rock State Natural Area - Texas Parks and Wildlife on Thursday, February 11, 2021Ice accumulation is possible on roads in Central and South Texas as the storm sweeps the area this week. A winter weather advisory in Texas will plunge temperatures into next week.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to celebrate Black History Month with virtual programs
SAN ANTONIO – Park rangers from around Texas, including the Buffalo Soldier Heritage Outreach Program and the Texas Outdoor Family staff, are debuting a new series of virtual programs celebrating Black History throughout the month of February. AdThe series will culminate in a live, interactive Black History Trivia Challenge for the public at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27. “Black history is really everyone’s history, and our rangers want to support Black History Month by bringing more diverse stories to the forefront of Texas State Parks for our visitors,” said Jessica Lagalo, Outdoor Education and Outreach Manager for Texas State Parks. Saturday programs will be live-streamed at 1 p.m. from various Texas State Parks across the state, including Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Cedar Hill State Park, Brazos Bend State Park, and Tyler State Park. AdThe series will culminate in a free live Black History Month Trivia Challenge for the public at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, on the Kahoot App.
Here’s how to get into Texas State Parks for free Sunday
SAN ANTONIO – Texans needing a day of rest and relaxation after the chaotic election season can get into any state park for free on Sunday. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is waiving fees at all of the state parks in honor of Veterans Day. “The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas State Parks are proud to honor the men and women that serve our country in the military,” Rodney Franklin, director of Texas State Parks, said in a news release. “What better way to celebrate their service and dedication than by spending the day at a beautiful Texas State Park.”Veterans Day lands on Wednesday, Nov. 11. TPWD is reminding happy campers that parks have capacity limits, and it is recommended that they reserve a day pass online or by calling 512-389-8900.