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 Maegan Lanham | TPWD


Davis Mountains State Park

VISIT THE GENTLY waving grasses and cedar-studded vistas of the Davis Mountains in summer for a cooler oasis in a hot state — the average July high is 87 degrees. Hike or drive along Skyline Drive for the expansive views of the town of Fort Davis and the park itself, including the beautiful CCC-built Indian Lodge. For celestial views, visit the nearby McDonald Observatory.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

The rugged canyons of Palo Duro create a Texas panorama like no other. Hike to the Lighthouse for a classic view, or check out Palo Duro’s beauty from an overlook at the visitors center parking lot.

Lost Maples State Natural Area

Hiking in Lost Maples during the fall is peak Texas leaf-peeping. The best view in the park is at the overlook along the East Trail, where you get a bird’s-eye view of the spectacular maple trees.

Eisenhower State Park

At Eisenhower, elevated bluffs provide sweeping views of the glittering Lake Texoma. Catch a sunset along the park’s rocky shores after a long day of swimming, bouldering or picnicking.

Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site

Enjoy the long-distance desert views from your campsite, or for views of a more historic bent, go on a ranger-guided hike to Fate Bell Shelter to see pictographs that date back 4,000 years.

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