Lone Star State

South Padre Island

South Padre Island is situated on the coastal tip of Texas. The unique Island is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre Bay. With the 30mi. long island offering stretches of white sand, turquoise waters and year-round activities.


Estero Llano Grande State Park

Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco attracts a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife with its varied landscape of shallow lakes, woodlands and thorn forest.


Edinburg Scenic Wetlands

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands is a 40-acre wetlands oasis in the midst of a lively urban landscape, the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands offers watchable wildlife year-round in a setting friendly to birds, butterflies and other water-loving creatures.


Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is where nearly half of all the bird species found in the continental United States rest, feed, nest and or migrate.


Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center

Quinta Mazatlan’s formal tropical gardens surround the 10,000 square-foot mansion, and are enriched with native plants as living demonstrations of what any backyard birder can achieve.


Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park in deep, South Texas well deserves its status as headquarters of the World Birding Center. Birders across the nation know Bentsen as a treasure trove of tropical birds found nowhere else in the United States.


Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1943 for the protection of migratory birds. 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


La Lomita Chapel

La Lomita ‘little hill’ is a small hill and the adjoining historical site of a former mission and ranch headquarters maintained by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and a station between the Catholic missions at Roma and Brownsville.


San Juan Del Valle-National Shrine

Over a million visitors each year. San Juan Del Valle-National Shrine seats 3,500 people and was dedicated on April 19, 1980. The beautifully landscaped grounds feature the 14 Stations of the Cross, and a 45-foot mosaic on the exterior.


The Cross at Groom

Located in Groom, TX. this 190 foot tall free-standing cross ‘the tallest in the Western Hemisphere’ can be seen from twenty miles away. Surrounding the base of the The Cross are life-sized statues of the Stations of The Cross.


Rio Grande Valley Photo Gallery

The Rio Grande Valley is an area located in the southernmost tip of South Texas. The Valley is a delta or floodplain containing many oxbow lakes or resacas formed from pinched-off meanders in earlier courses of the Rio Grande.