Bearded Brothers is proud to hail from the great state of Texas. Its vast landscape is more than just prairies and deserts. There are plenty of destinations for the eyes and soul to behold. Being avid outdoors fans ourselves, we have selected the top five locations in Texas to visit this Fall. Heck, they are even great winter destinations - seeing as how Texas typically have verily mild temperatures year round.
Enchanted Rock State Park
A popular destination for rock climbers, hikers, and lovers of great views. This State Park features a large granite dome that attracts thousands of tourists to hike the 1,800 ft summit every year. Those with an adventurous spirit can enjoy a cave on the backside of the dome just beyond the summit. There are also crags all around the park that feature some of the best rock climbing Texas has to offer.
This mountain range is now home to Texas’ only mountain trail race, that is hosted by Trail Racing Over Texas. This mountain range has a peak elevation of 7,192 ft, hiking trails, and primitive camping. This rugged desert environment is great for hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing.
Lost Maples State Park
This is THE place to go for viewing fall colors in Texas. Visitors flock to Lost Maples for the photogenic maple trees that turn into vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges every fall. The park is a great place for camping, backpacking, sightseeing, and photography. It’s also great for day trips and picnics.
The meca of winter bouldering and climbing for the mountain folk, thus making fall an even better time to visit this park. Just make sure you have reservations well in advance, the park frequently reaches capacity. This park is also rich in history: many of the parks rocks contain petroglyphs that tell stories of the early hunter-gatherers that pursued game across the desert, and used wild plants for food and medicine. Hueco Tanks was a place of shelter for these desert dwellers.
Palo Duro Canyon
Yup, canyons in Texas. Caprock Canyons State Park is another one (a secret 6th location). In fact, Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the U.S. I bet you can guess what the first largest is. A splendid destination for camping, hiking, horseback riding and stargazing. There are even a few cabins in the canyon that can be reserved.
So, start planning your Fall adventures now. For those fellow Texans reading this we hope you found out about a new park that you didn’t know existed, and for those that don’t live in our great state, we hope this inspires you to visit.