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Best Natural Texas Attractions

Texas is home to some of the Best Natural Attractions in the United States. From huge sand dunes, to stunning mountains, to deep canyons, you'll enjoy exploring one of these natural attractions in Texas.

Best Texas Natural Attractions

Texas Natural Attraction Name & Description
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Big Bend National Park in West Texas

The Rio Grande, flowing through 1500-foot canyons, makes a ninety-degree bend south of Marathon to form the southern border of Big Bend National Park. Because of it's isolation it is a breathtaking 800,000-acre expanse of forested mountains and ocotilla-dotted desert.

Big Bend National Park

 

Palo Duro Canyon in Texas Panhandle

Palo Duro Canyon is 120 miles long, as much as 20 miles wide, and is more than 800 feet deep. It is often claimed that Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States - the Grand Canyon being the first. Palo Duro Canyon State Park contains 29,182 acres of the scenic, northern most portion of the Palo Duro Canyon.

 

Palo Duro Canyon

Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, TX

Enchanted Rock is an impressive geographic formation that is a distinctive 500-foot-high dome of pink granite, the second largest such formation in North America. Designated a National Natural Landmark. Visitors to Enchanted Rock enjoy hiking, backpacking, technical and rock climbing, primitive camping, picnicking, birding, geological study, stargazing and nature study.

Enchanted Rock Geographic Formation

 

Padre Island National Seashore off Coast of South TX

Padre Island National Seashore is the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world. The National Seashore is 70 miles long with 65.5 miles of Gulf beach. The Park hosts a variety of pristine beach, dune, and tidal flat environments, including the Laguna Madre on its west coast, a famous spot for windsurfing.

 

 Padre Island Seashore

Lost Maples State Natural Area on the Sabinal River

Lost Maples Natural Area covers 2174.2 scenic acres where visitors enjoy picnicking, camping, backpacking, sightseeing, hiking, photography, bird watching, fishing, swimming, and nature study.

Lost Maples State Natural Area near Vanderpool, TX

Texas Caves and Caverns

Texas is riddled with thousands of caves. Natural Bridge, Caverns of Sonora, Wonder World Cave, Longhorn Cavern, Inner Space Cavern, and Cascade are a few examples. Find a cave to tour and read about our fun and exciting cave experiences on our Caving Page.

Inner Space Cavern

Texas Rivers

Texas has 3,700 named streams and 15 major rivers that account for over 80,000 miles of waterways. The best known rivers in Texas are the Colorado, the Guadalupe (excellent for tubing), the Comal (at only 2.5 miles, it's known as the "longest shortest river" in Texas), and the unspoiled river in the remotest part of Texas, the 90 mile Devils River with clear pure water, world class scenery, excellent smallmouth bass fishing, beautiful canyons, and landscape.

Devils River Ranch

Caprock Canyon

Caprock Canyon State Park is the third largest park in Texas with over 15,000 acres of stunning scenery; badlands with mesquite, cacti and junipers with tall grasses, plums, hackberries and cottonwoods in the canyons; Texas state bison herd; a variety of wildlife including African aouodad sheep (barbary sheep), mule deer, bobcats, porcupines, white-tailed deer, coyotes, foxes, opossums, raccoons, numerous species of snakes and lizards, and over 175 species of birds including Golden Eagles; and 90 miles of multi use trails.

Caprock Canyons

 

Monahans Sandhills State Park

The Monahans Sandhills State Park is a 3,840 acre State Park with natural shifting sand dunes of up to 70' tall. It's a blast climbing the tall sand dunes, rolling or jumping down them, or better yet renting a sand surfer from the visitor center and surfing down the dunes. The Park has tent and full hook up sites, a visitor center, interpretive trail, and more. Read our review of Monahans Sandhills State Park to learn more.

Monahans Sandhills State Park