Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas panhandle southeast of Amarillo is one of the top Texas state parks we've visited. We spent a few days there, and this hike to one of the park's best known landmarks is detailed below.
On this day we had a wonderful hike on the Lost Mine Trail which was supposed to be a warm-up for a twelve-mile hike the next day. Well, it turned out to be a reality check - the planned long hike was a bit too ambitious for us. But we still planned to camp in the scenic Chisos Basin area - until the weather sent us packing.
After our mid-day hike to Cattail Falls, on this very hot afternoon, we ventured to the far southwest corner of Big Bend National Park for a hike in Santa Elena Canyon along the Rio Grande River.
When we asked a ranger at the visitors center about little known or special places we could go in Big Bend National Park, he pulled out a little black and white brochure from its hiding place behind the counter. And thus we were introduced to Cattail Falls.
The middle of May is not the ideal time to be visiting Big Bend National Park in southern Texas along the Mexico border. It's already pretty hot by that time, but we were close by, and we hadn't been there before. So, we made a short exploratory visit, and we look forward to coming back down the road.
Today, on a day off from our volunteer job at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, we drove over to check out the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and then took a dolphin watching tour from Port Isabel at the causeway leading to South Padre Island.