State Park Events
Hot fun in the summertime
Longer days and shorter sleeves mean summer is in full swing. Beat the midsummer doldrums with these outdoor activities in Texas state parks. Click here for up-to-date info and more events.
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Wyler Aerial Tramway
Fun fact: Did you know that the Texas horned lizard is the state’s official reptile? While they can be difficult to find in the wild, they’ll be easy to find in this online program! Go to the Wyler Aerial Tramway Facebook page or Instagram feed and learn all about these magnificent reptiles.
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Meet the Longhorns
Bring a hat, sunscreen and water, then meet up at park headquarters to prepare for some quality time with some Texas icons — longhorns. Join a park ranger or volunteer to learn about the history and origins of Texas longhorns, then meet some of the Official State Longhorn Herd.
Interested in Dutch oven cooking? Ranger Linda introduces cast iron cooking, including equipment, know-how, history and recipes. Open to all ages. Meet in the day-use picnic grounds, and bring your appetite.
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Sunsets & Stars
Sunsets aren’t the only joy to be found in the night skies at Lake Whitney. Enjoy an evening walk across the galaxy as a ranger guides you through the planets, moon and stars. Bring your own camp chairs or have a seat at one of the park’s picnic tables and join retired national park ranger Larry Smith as he uses star maps and a laser pointer to show you the night sky. The 45-minute program is limited to 25 people at each time slot, so call or email ahead to get on the list. Note: Star parties work only on clear nights, so the event will be canceled if the cloud cover is too dense.
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Biking Buffalo Gap
For centuries, buffalo passed through a gap in the hills here. Now, cyclists traverse the same path. Since 1983, the Buffalo Gap Tour de Gap race has drawn cyclists from nearby Abilene and beyond. Three rides take participants through the hills of south Taylor County, with 100K, 50K and 11-mile rides available. The 100K route takes riders through Abilene State Park. Registration is open through July 20. For more information, visit tourdegap.com.
Courtesy Texas! Musical
Palo Duro Canyon
Drama in the Panhandle
After a year off (due to COVID), the outdoor musical Texas returns at full capacity for its 55th season at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Tickets include park admission, a fireworks show and the most spectacular outdoor musical drama in the country. More than 60 actors, singers and dancers tell the family-friendly story of the struggles and triumphs of Texas settlers, bringing the history of the High Plains to life. Find more information and purchase tickets at texas-show.com.
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All month long, join a guided-only hike down into the canyon to view some of Texas’ earliest rock stars — the ancient pictographs of Seminole Canyon. There’s only one tour per day, and there’s no access into the canyon otherwise. Also, this rock show is for people only — no pets allowed.
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