Texas National Parks and Natural Landscapes

Featured Texas locations are listed below, and shown on the Texas map - these are the most scenic places in the west and center of the state, and include canyons, deserts, lakes, mountains, rivers, rock formations, and scenic drives.

Alternatively, see these other Texas listings pages:

National Parks, National Monuments, National Recreation Areas and National Historic Sites
State Parks and State Natural Areas

National Park Service Units

Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park
Fort Davis NHS
Fort Davis NHS
Padre Island
Padre Island

ALIBATES FLINT QUARRIES National Monument - isolated site north of Amarillo preserving ancient flint quarries
AMISTAD National Recreation Area - artificial lake on the Rio Grande near Del Rio, with many branched side canyons
BIG BEND National Park - huge desert, canyon and mountain wilderness alongside the Rio Grande
FORT DAVIS National Historic Site - well preserved military outpost
GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS National Park - isolated mountain range with diverse climate zones, surrounded by the Chihuahuan Desert
LAKE MEREDITH National Recreation Area - lake in the high plains north of Amarillo, formed by a dam across the Canadian River
PADRE ISLAND National Seashore - 80 miles of undeveloped beach beside the Gulf of Mexico, near Corpus Christi
SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS National Historical Park - 5 Spanish churches dating from 1718, linked by an historic trail


Other Scenic Places

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Big Bend Ranch State Park
Franklin Mountains
Franklin Mountains
Palo Duro Canyon
Palo Duro Canyon

BIG BEND RANCH State Park - rugged wilderness area west of Big Bend
BLACK GAP Wildlife Management Area - large expanse of the Chihuahuan desert east of Big Bend
CAPROCK CANYONS State Park - eroded red rock buttes and gorges at the edge of the High Plains
DAVIS MOUNTAINS State Park - scenic hills rising above the Chihuahuan Desert
DINOSAUR VALLEY State Park - fossilized dinosaur footprints, plus pleasant river scenery
ENCHANTED ROCK State Natural Area - large granite monolith in the Texas Hill Country
FORT LEATON State Historic Site - adobe fort, built 1848, near the Rio Grande in Big Bend country
FRANKLIN MOUNTAINS State Park - unspoilt Chihuahuan Desert range within El Paso city limits
HUECO TANKS State Park and Historic Site - granite outcrop with many pictographs, also popular for rock climbing
LANGTRY - isolated village with a historic past, beside the Rio Grande
LOST MAPLES State Natural Area - steep limestone canyons and unusual trees
MONAHANS SANDHILLS State Park - active dunefield next to I-20, near Odessa
ODESSA METEOR CRATER - 600 foot diameter impact crater, now mostly filled in
PALMETTO State Park - swampy environment with exotic plants and wildlife
PALO DURO CANYON State Park - the largest canyon system in Texas
PEDERNALES FALLS State Park - wide waterfall along a clear river in a limestone canyon

Texas Hotels

Choose from over 2,150 Texas hotels in 330 towns & cities (west, east); maps, national park hotels, interstate hotels and brand directories

Locations include:
Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Fredericksburg, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, San Antonio
Texas Hotels
Other Texas Resources

Driving Distances - mileages between selected places
Introduction - summary of Texas's scenic areas
Maps - state map and national park maps
Weather - forecasts for Texas towns, cities and parks
Texas Travel Itineraries

Texas - West and Central
Texas - West and Central - 11 day loop through the wide open landscapes of west and central Texas, from Big Bend and the Chihuahuan Desert in the west, to the Hill Country around San Antonio

Texas Photography

Photographs - indexed by location
Panoramic Photographs - wide landscape photos
QTVR - quicktime panoramas

Photograph Search
Plants of Texas

Texas cacti
Cacti - photos and descriptions of 38 Texas cactus species; most common genera are coryphantha, cylindropuntia, echinocactus, echinocereus, escobaria, ferocactus, mammillaria, opuntia and thelocactus

Texas wildflowers
Flowers - Texas wildflowers and flowering shrubs; photographs and identifying characteristics, arranged by the most common color groups (blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow)

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