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5 Fantastic Fall Destinations Right Here in the Lone Star State

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If you are an avid outdoor adventurist, whether backpacking, camping, hiking or just star gazing, the fall season is your Texas-sized cup of tea. Texas offers the soul more than just prairies and deserts, for its open landscapes are like windows that present the beauty of fall for all to discover and behold.

1. Palo Duro Canyon State Park

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Photo: Facebook/Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Did you know Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in the United States? And it’s right here in our beautiful state of Texas in the panhandle near the city of Amarillo. If you want to rough it a little, Palo Duro is perfect for camping, hiking, and horseback riding. For a relaxing weekend, there are a few cabins to rent in the canyon, perfect for just chilling and stargazing.

2. Lost Maples State Park

5 Fantastic Fall Destinations Right Here in the Lone Star State

Photo: Flickr/AdamBaker

It won’t be long before the leaves begin their remarkable transformation from greens to vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges. Lost Maples State Park in the Texas Hill Country is a beautiful two-hour drive northwest of San Antonio. With abundant wildlife, steep canyon walls, and the scenic Sabinal River, Lost Maples State Park offers plenty for the whole family; hiking, photography, fishing, or hunting for geocaches and maybe even a Pokémon or two.

3. Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site

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Photo: Flickr/TomBennett

Hueco Tanks is highly regarded as one of the best areas in the world for bouldering (rock climbing that is low enough to attempt without ropes for protection). The park is rich in history with many of the rocks containing petroglyphs that tell stories of the early hunter-gathers and the wild plants they used for food and medicine. In February, an outdoor bouldering competition named Hueco Rock Rodeo welcomes climbers from Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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