Garner State Park was one of our top picks when it comes to exploration of the magnificent Hill Country. This park has 1,774 acres to explore full of hiking trails and rivers. Visitors can camp, rent paddle boats/kayaks/inner tubes for water activities, go on a hike, golf, ride bikes, geocache, or have a lovely picnic with family. With a plethora of different activities this is a great place to visit!
Krause Springs, located outside of Driftwood, is an awesome experience. They have a swimming pool at the top of the springs and one of the best swimming holes at the bottom. We recommend this to anyone who loves to swim, enjoys nature, or just needs to relax for a bit.
This is a great park to visit if you love camping and hiking. With thousands of different animal species and fossils to check out this is perfect for an adventurer of any age. There is also kayaking the Rio Grande available to anyone who wants to check out some awesome views.
The â€œGrand Canyon of Texasâ€� is a great place for those who love to hike, horseback, or bike. They have a musical available to everyone from June to August. With some of the best scenery and incredible rock formations this is a great place to just take it all in.
Link to Palo Euro Canyon State Parkâ€™s website.
Canyon of the Eagles Campground
A beautiful wildlife habitat located on Lake Buchanan. This is a great place to visit if you want to see the nature of Texas. It has traditional camping, water activities, and even a resort for those who want to visit. This park has been featured in multiple magazines and has won awards for spectacular views. Pet friendly, kid friendly. This is a must see.
Link to Canyon of the Eagles Campgroundâ€™s website.
Daingerfield State Park
With over $5 million in upgrades and renovation, this is a great park to visit. Daingerfield State Park features swimming, hiking, fishing, boating, and picnicking. They have equipment rentals for whatever you would like to do. This park is also located near multiple other parks and RV locations making it a great park to stop at.
Abilene State Park is a great place to hike, geocache, bird watch, swim, two fishing locations, and much more. There is a fantastic recreation hall that is perfect for RV groups (it is surrounded by 35 campsite locations). We recommend this park to anyone who needs to getaway for a while.
A small park with a lot of activities. You can swim, tube, fish, and canoe on the water and on land you have biking, hiking, geocaching, birding, and nature studies. There is a museum and the official barbecue capital of Texas nearby. Palmetto State Park is a quaint little location for anyone to visit.
It’s easy to forget the beauty we have on our doorstep, right here in West Texas. People travel from all around the world to see the wonders of the Texas Panhandle, and we should get out there and take advantage. Whether you’re from the area, or planning a visit, there are incredible experiences awaiting you. Load up the RV, and go see what West Texas has to offer you!
West Texas Camping
West Texas is home to fantastic camping destinations. Palo Duro Canyon State Park, near Amarillo, showcases the second-largest canyon system in the United States. Carved by a branch of the Red River, Palo Duro Canyon features 1,000-foot walls of colorful strata and exquisite landscapes. In the summer, the canyon features Texas, a popular musical about the early history of the state.
Closer to Lubbock, Caprock Canyons State Park features hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The trail even includes an abandoned 742-foot railroad tunnel. Further south, you’ll find Hueco Tanks National Park outside El Paso. The hiking is excellent, with an opportunity to see cave paintings throughout the park. Rock climbers rave about the excellent climbing at Hueco Tanks, considered amongst the best in the country.
The enormous Big Bend National Park is a must-see park for outdoor enthusiasts. The park covers over 800,000 acres, with gorgeous mountains, and plenty of exciting wildlife. You can hike, bike, fish, and ride horses in the parks beautiful surroundings. And these parks are just a handful of the fantastic camping options available for RV travelers.
There are many excellent West Texas locations for families, or anyone who enjoys a good time. For those who crave exciting rides, amusements parks hit the spot. Joyland Amusement Park in Lubbock has fun for the whole family, with a vintage carousel, and other classic carnival attractions. Joyland is also home to the Dare Devil Drop, a 140-foot drop tower. Amarillo is home to Wonderland Park, and its Texas Tornado, a roller coaster with two vertical loops. Among its many traditional and modern rides, Wonderland features the Fantastic Journey, one of the last classic “dark ride” haunted houses in the country.
Outdoor and Educational
For those seeking to expand their minds in the great outdoors, West Texas has much to offer. The Oldham County Heritage Farm & Ranch Museum in Vega, the Adrian Lions Antique Museum, and Lubbock’s Museum of Agriculture, all display antique farm equipment you probably won’t see anywhere else. Museums with outdoor features include: the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, the Texas Air Museum in Slaton, and the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. The American Wind Power Center in Lubbock features over 160 American windmills in a scenic outdoor setting.
West Texas is fortunate to have many restored locations ready to be explored by the public. Buffalo Gap Historic Village has authentic buildings as they were a hundred years ago, including an early Texaco gas station. Fans of military history must visit the historic sites at Fort Davis, Fort McKavett in Menard County, and Fort Mason in Mason County. These installations contain dozens of buildings painstakingly restored to their historical appearances.
Of course there are a few offbeat destinations for those looking for something a bit different. At the Odessa Meteor Crater, you can see both the impact crater, and the samples of the enormous meteorite that crashed there. There’s also a ghost town you can visit outside Big Bend National Park. And Terlingua Trading Company offers walking tours of the area.
This is a small sample of the open air destinations in West Texas. For those with a spirit of adventure, an RV provides the freedom to explore these attractions and many more. If you’d like to learn more about the convenience of RV travel, please visit Pharr RVs. We’d love to help!
One of the best things about an RV is the company you keep, and some of the best company in the world are pets. There’s no feeling in the world like hitting the open road with a four-legged companion. However, there are aspects of caring for pets while traveling that might not cross your mind. Get prepared ahead of time with these helpful tips for taking your pet on the road.
Take a Test Drive
Make it easier for yourself and your furry friend by starting out small. Take a few shorter drives closer to home, before embarking on your grand expedition. Your pet will have the opportunity to get used to the idea, and you’ll have a chance to forget important items when they’re just around the corner. You’ll turn your homebody pet into a seasoned traveler in no time.
Unless you’ve trained your pet to pack their own bags, it will be your responsibility to bring everything along that they need. Along with the obvious items—like waste scoops and bags, grooming supplies, and medication—there are other necessities you need to include. Bring along their rabies vaccination record, especially if you’re crossing state lines. Make sure to bring along a familiar toy or blanket—your pet will appreciate the comfort away from home. And while you may already have a first aid kit fit for humans, you’ll want to pack a pet first aid kit. You can purchase them pre assembled, or build your own with this excellent list from the Humane Society.
Your pet is precious to you, and you want them to be safe while traveling. Travel restraints, harnesses, and travel pods are available, specifically made to protect your pet. Another great option is keeping your pet in their crate while driving. Anchor the crate to something stable in your RV, such as a table or bench. With your dog feeling safe and comfortable, you’ll drive easier knowing that they’re protected.
We all know the importance of not leaving your dog alone in a vehicle. Even if you’re planning on being gone a brief amount of time, the shortest holdup could be a tragedy. In 85-degree weather, even with the windows cracked, a car can reach 102 degrees in under 10 minutes. If you’re in an appropriate area, you can restrain your pet outside the vehicle. You can install temperature monitors inside your RV that will alert your cell phone if the temperature gets too high. There are also devices that will automatically start your RVs generator and cool things down if necessary.
Take Pit Stops
While your trip isn’t a race, your pet will require pit stops. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends parking every 2-3 hours, for your pet to stretch their legs and take care of business. These stops are also a healthy break for human travelers. Be sure to check your pet’s restraint or crate to make sure it’s still secure.
Eat Right and Eat Light
It’s important to help your dog eat healthy while on the road. You’ll both be happier if they get the nutrients and energy they need. It’s also important to set your pet up for a successful journey by keeping their tummies in mind. Until you know how they handle traveling, have them eat accordingly. A light meal 3-4 hours before departure is recommended. You may have an easier time during your trip if you start their new feeding schedule a few days before departure. Make sure you have all the pet food and treats you need on board, as it may be difficult to find your pet’s brand while traveling.
Travel with Tags
Your pet needs proper identification at all times. This is already true close to home, but it becomes even more important when on the road. Make sure their tags have up-to-date contact information. Consider adding your cell phone number, especially if no one will be home to accept a phone call. Use sturdy collars or harnesses that your dog cannot remove. For additional peace of mind, consider having your pet tagged with a microchip. It’s a fast procedure that will help you find your pet even if they are separated from their identification tags.
Hydrated pets are happy pets. The ASPCA recommends keeping a gallon of cold water on hand to keep your pet refreshed. And just like with people, water in an unfamiliar area can lead to stomach trouble for pets. An easy way to avoid upset tummies for your pet is to use bottled water. It goes without saying, but a hydrated pet is definitely going to need those routine pit stops we already discussed.
We hope that these tips help you travel safely and happily with your pet. You and your furry friend will surely enjoy many years of journeys together. Visit Pharr RVs, and discover the best recreational vehicles for pets and their human sidekicks.
There are thousands of apps releasing daily. So many where it can be an issue on knowing what to take or if they are any good. But there is no need to worry, we made a list of our favorite apps to give to you!
Having a love of reading and being unable to take lots of books just doesn't work. You know what does work? Kindle. All you need is this app and a smartphone and you have access to millions of books! This is a great space saver and best of all it's free! You, of course, have to purchase some books. But Amazon will release new, free books daily for your reading pleasure.
Having won Parent's Choice of the year and nominated for other awards makes this app a great pick! It tells you where and when there are events for kids nearby. Whether it be a carnival or a family-friendly barbecue, it makes sure to update you on what's going on.
Never be without wifi. This app is constantly updating you on nearby wifi locations and the passwords for the hotspot. Being constantly on the move can make some apps outdated or make it hard to get new books, movies, etc. But with this app you'll always be online and up-to-date.
AroundMe lets you know where there are restaurants, bars, gas stations, etc. You no longer have to drive around for hours trying to find a place to fill up. You can now find out with the tap of a button.
Speaking of needing to fill up the tank. Gas can become a very costly expenditure when you are on the road. But with Gas Buddy you can save quite a bit. This app lets you compare prices of gas stations around you and tells you where you can go to get the cheapest gas nearby. Save money, save time!
Hate being stuck in traffic with cars all around you honking? Dislike unexpected braking when you notice a police officer on the side of the road? We do too. Which is why we recommend Waze! It is a community updated app with millions of users. It tells you what lies ahead, so that you never have to be surprised on the road again.
This is a useful app that you should always have on hand. It tells you whatever medical treatment is required in a medical emergency situation. If you are in the middle of the forest and someone starts to choke, you need to know what to do.
MAPS.ME is a useful way to save data. This app has multiple maps available for you to download when you are using wifi and then use them when you are forced to use your data. If you just need a map to get you from A to B, this is a great app to have.