Texas State Parks

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

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Mission, Texas

The Rio Grande Valley is a birders' paradise. It's not enough that to year around bird species are spectacular but from late September through the end of March the Rio Grande valley in the super highway of migratory birds.

The hottest birding spot in the Rio Grande Valley is Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park. The park supports about 358 species of birds. The park is designed to protect the natural habitat these birds and to facilitate birders from around the world to observe the birds in their natural setting.

There is are trams that carries birders, hikers and other nature lover around the park to hiking/biking trail heads and bird blinds. The daily tram service is free of charge and runs from October through May daily, every hour, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. June through Sept. service is Thurs. through Sun., every hour, from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Besides birding hiking and biking, the park does have designated areas for primitive camping with restrooms with showers nearby.

If your an early bird and want access to the park in the early morning before the office is open and the trams are running there is an "honor" box at gate where you can deposit your entry fee. (Adults $5.00 Children 12 & under free.)

During Fall colors, the park can be very busy
Northern Cardinal - male

Updated: 08 May 2020