Birds, Butterflies & Winter Texans Love Mission

A haven for birders and butterfly enthusiasts, Mission is located about 250 miles south of San Antonio in the Rio Grande Valley. Located on the southernmost tip of Texas, this semi-tropical paradise is not really a valley but a delta or floodplain containing many oxbow lakes or resacas formed from pinched-off meanders in earlier courses of the Rio Grande. This unique region encompasses no fewer […]

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My 5 Favorite State Parks

Every year, America’s nearly 8,000 state parks see more than 720 million visitors—more than two-and-a-half times the number of all visits to national parks, which include marquee names such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. These state parks tend to be smaller than national parks, and relatively modest in comparison, but they form the backbone […]

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Bentsen Palm Village Awarded 2012 Park of the Year

Bentsen Palm Village has received the campground industry’s highest honor, the Park of the Year Award, from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). The 250-site campground won the award in the medium size park category, which is based on several criteria, including customer service, employee training, operational excellence, national directory ratings, and […]

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Birds of a Feather: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park and World Birding Center

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, just south of Mission, is not only Texas’ southernmost state park, but since October 2005, the headquarters of the new World Birding Center. The park draws visitors from as far away as Europe and Japan hoping to spot some of the more than 325 species of birds and over 250 […]

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