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Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park- Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is located along the Rio Grande River, 5 miles southwest of Mission, in Hidalgo County. This park is one of the best places in the United States to observe subtropical birds and wildlife that are more commonly found south in Mexico.
Casa Navaro State Historic Park- The Casa Navarro State Historical Park stands on .7-acre in downtown San Antonio, in Bexar County. The Casa Navaro is the only historic site in San Antonio dedicated to the interpretation of the Mexican history and heritage of Texas.
Choke Canyon Reservoir- Located within the Choke Canyon State Park, when full, the lake provides approximately 26,000 acres of water surface. Accessible from numerous roads. Several boat ramps and camping facilities. Fishing year-round. Available species include black and white bass, striper, crappie, and several species of catfish.
Choke Canyon State Parks- Choke Canyon State Park, consisting of two units, South Shore and Calliham, is located on 26,000-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir.
Falcon State Park- Falcon State Park is 572.6 (144 developed) acres located north of Roma. Attractions to this scenic State Park are based around its ability to provide a varied selection of outdoor recreational opportunities to suit differing tastes.
Fannin Battleground State Historical Park- Fannin Battleground State Historical Park, is a 13.6-acre park east of Goliad, in Goliad County. On March 20, 1836, at this site, Colonel J. W. Fannin surrendered himself and 284 of his men after the Battle of Coleto.
Goliad State Historical Park- Goliad State Historical Park is 188.3 acres, located by Goliad in Goliad County. In 1931. Although much of the attraction to the Goliad Historical State Park is the site's historical significance, other outdoor recreation activities are catered for.
Government Canyon State Natural Area- Government Canyon State Natural Area is an approximately 6,642.65 acre area in Bexar County, just outside San Antonio. The area is currently not accessible to the public, pending development (1-800-792-1112).
Lake Casa Blanca International State Park- Lake Casa Blanca International State Park consisting of 371 land acres and 1650 lake surface acres, is located on Lake Casa Blanca, east of Laredo in Webb County. The park offers visitors to the area a variety of land and water based activities., including, boating, fishing and camping.
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park- Four Spanish frontier missions, part of a colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, are commemorated here.
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge- Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Rio Grande flood plain in south Texas at the junction of four distinct climate zones. Considered the jewel of the refuge system, this essential 'island' of thorn forest habitat is host or home to nearly 400 different types of birds and a myriad of other species,

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Description - Topography of the South Texas Plains is level to rolling. Elevations range from 1,000 feet to about sea level. Thorny brush is the predominant vegetation type in the region, including mesquite, acacia, prickly pear, and mimosa, among others. Areas of shallow soils and rapid drainage generally support this plant life. A grassland or savanna type vegetation which
also occurs was somewhat more extensive in the 19th century and earlier, but long continued grazing and other factors have altered the plant communities to such a degree that ranches of the region now face a severe brush problem.

This region has a greater diversity of animal life than any other in Texas. It is home for many near tropical species which abound in Mexico, many grassland species that range northward, and some desert species commonly found in the Trans Pecos.

Attractions - This region offers a surprising number of state parks, lakes and historic sites which offer numerous outdoor recreation opportunities. Choke Canyon Lake is probably on of the most popular attractions. Choke Canyon State Park is found here. Other state parks in the region include Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley, Falcon, Government Canyon and Lake Casa Blanca International State Park. Some of the historic sites include Casa Navarro State Historic Park, Fannin Battleground State Historic Park and Sebastopol State Historic Park.

Bird and wildlife watchers may want to explore Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande River. Considered the jewel of the refuge system, this essential island of thorn forest habitat is host or home to nearly 400 different types of birds and a myriad of other species, including the indigo snake, malachite butterfly and the endangered ocelot.

Recreation - Popular activities in this region include fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, picnicking, and hiking. Other activities include viewing wildlife, birdwatching and viewing historic sites.

Climate - The average annual rainfall of 16 to 35 inches increases from west to east. Average monthly rainfall is lowest in January and February, and highest during May or June. After a midsummer depression, another peak is reached in September. Summer temperatures are high, with extremely high evaporation rates in the Laredo area.

Location - The South Texas Plains region covers a large portion of south Texas. It reaches from the San Antonio area south to Laredo and the Rio Grande River. Major highways through the region include Interstates 35 and 37.


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Texas Dept. of Transportation, Travel Division, P.O. Box 149248 , Austin, TX, 78714-9248, Phone: 800-452-9292

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Texas Travel Regions - Texas has been divided into seven travel regions: Panhandle Plains, Prairies and Lakes, Pineywoods, Gulf Coast, South Texas Plains, Hill Country and Big Bend Country.

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