Texas Pecos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Outdoor Recreation

Kids roasting marshmallows over campfire
Bastrop State Park, Photo by Chase A Fountain


Texans love spending time outdoors. Our balmy winters in the south and cool summer temperatures in the west Texas mountain country combined with some of the best spring and fall weather anywhere in the country guarantees outdoors enthusiasts some place to go anytime of the year. Hiking, fishing, bicycling, kayaking, birding, camping, and family picnicking rate among the top ten outdoor pursuits favored by Texans. And we’ve got lots of country to do it in. State parks, national parks, national forests, state natural areas, national wildlife refuges, beaches, city parks, country roads, lakes, and rivers all contribute to Texas’ natural world. Half a million people visit our national parks each year and come from all over the world. A nationally recognized bicycling route bisects the southern half of our state, stretching over nine hundred miles of secondary roads in Texas from our eastern border to our western. Padre Island, our longest barrier island, provides over sixty miles of sandy beaches. Rivers like the Guadalupe and the San Marcos offer summer “toobing”, canoeing, and kayaking or, for the more adventurous, the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande comprise a rugged and isolated stretch of our river border under federal Wild and Scenic River designation. And our birding opportunities are the best in the country. Just ask our World Birding Center in the Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg. So turn off your devices and get outside!

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Upcoming Events

  • You are invited to Jeep Fest 2019 to be held at the Escondido Draw Recreational Area.

    October 4, 2019 (All day) to October 6, 2019 (All day)

    Escondido Draw Recreational Area
    3285 County Road 406
    Ozona  Texas  76943
    United States

    You are invited to Jeep Fest 2019 to be held at the Escondido Draw Recreational Area, GPS Latitude: 30.3855720, Longitude: -101.5908374, or 34 miles West of Ozona off Interstate 10. Gates will open Friday, October 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

  • 13th Annual Toro Loco Bull Riding Challenge

    October 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 11:30pm

    Crockett County Fair Park Arena
    1303 Ave. AA
    Ozona  Texas  76943
    United States

    This exciting bull riding challenge will be held at the Crockett County Arena, 1303 Avenue AA.
    FMI contact Ruben Cruz at 325-315-6440 or Ryan Mason at 325-201-4333 or

The Baylor Family Collection, no. 26 - Caddo Lake and Petite Jean State Park, 1978
Donor: John Baylor
Silent | 1978
Film courtesy
Texas Archive of the Moving Image
See the entire film by clicking on the Texas Flag logo to the left of the sound function.

This home movie captures the Baylor family swimming and fishing in Caddo Lake State Park on the border of Texas and Louisiana and visiting Petite Jean State Park in Morrilton, Arkansas.