The Blackland Prairie, coastal prairies, & the Cross Timbers make this region unique. Photograph raptors, see endangered prairie chickens, celebrate National Wildlife Refuges, and check out the abundance of natural attractions here with help from Explore Texas.
Ultra-dark skies and home to a slice of the Chihuahuan, North America’s most biodiverse desert. Explore Texas brings you to desert botanical gardens, river-side oasis, cool canyons, and shows you where to find seasonal explosions of color.
These lands near the sea support a rich array of life, including abundant wintering birds. Explore Texas guides you to sea turtles, endangered Whooping Cranes, alligators, and just about every kind of shorebird found in Texas.
Texas ranks #1 in the nation for bird diversity.
Texas ranks #1 in the nation for number of reptile species.
Texas has more butterfly species than any other state.
Texas ranks #2 in the nation (after California) for diversity of mammal species.
Texas ranks #2 (just behind California) for the highest amount of plant diversity in the nation.
The border area teems with birds. A Tamaulipan Thornscrub ecosystem provides nutrients that nourish wildlife well. With Explore Texas, you'll learn where to see parrots, chachalacas, and other birds that barely make it into the U.S., while learning the best places for nature photography, bird watching, and about the sabal palm ecosystem.
Forested & rich in flora. About 66% of Texas’ approximately 5,150 plant species flourish here. Discover great canoeing, wetlands, and unique plants with Explore Texas, along with the fauna that also call this region home.
Geological diversity abounds here. Find some of the rarest flora and fauna in the nation in this region's limestone geology. Visit the Hill Country's best caves, bat-viewing sites, nature fests, & more with Explore Texas.
Find lots of wide open spaces in these Lone Star lands! These prairies represent the southern-most portion of the Great Plains. Explore Texas shows you where to find to great hummingbird viewing, night skies, deer, buffalo, pronghorn and prairie dogs, plus lots more.