Scenic vistas, diverse wildlife, historic sites and border culture make Big Bend National Park a great overlanding destination. The 801,163 acre park is bigger than Rhode Island and forms the boundary between Texas and Mexico. While you are there, explore the Mexican border through tumbleweeds, world-class canyons, the Rio Grande River and Old West folklore in the still-wild West. There is so much to see and do in Big Bend National Park, but you can not forget about those Big Bend bright starry nights!
When it is time to rest your head, enjoy the rugged mountains, steep canyons and solitude of the Big Bend Ranch State Park. The park provides even the most rugged outdoor enthusiast a significant physical challenge and solitary experience. The 30-mile stretch of roadway through the heart of the state park will lead you to primitive sites with hiking and mountain biking! There are showers near the historic lodge and Bunk House at Sauceda, but be sure to check in with the park to make sure they are accessible to primitive campers.
Renew your soul in a way that only a great body of untamed water can at the Padre Island National Seashore. With the endless horizon filled with waves in your view, the park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats. Explore everything from the beach to the bay and enjoy the amazing recreation and resources of the park. You may even get lucky enough to see Kemp’s Ridely sea turtle hatchlings return to the sea! If you love to bird watch, Padre Island is the place for you. The park is a haven for over 380 bird species. Fish for red drum and black tipped shark.
Drive down the beach until civilization fades away and camp under a dazzling blanket of stars. The paved road curves between the sand dunes and the white sands become your new highway. Pick up your Back Country Use permit and drive down the beach to find your campsite. With the constant sound of the waves, the calling seabirds and the cool breeze, you will have a premier camping experience.
Take a trip to East Texas to see the bald cypress trees draped with Spanish moss that tower over the maze of slow-moving bayous, sloughs and ponds of Caddo Lake. Named after the Caddo Indians, Caddo Lake State Park has been inhabited for at least 12,000 years and continues as one of the premier wetland parks in the world. With more than 25,000 acres of natural wonderland, the park provides an ideal setting for tent camping, low-speed water sports and fishing that are sure to make your overlanding adventure one to remember. Be sure to give yourself a little extra time at Caddo to soak up the natural beauty and rich history.
Stay at one of the best tent camping sites in Texas, Mill Pond Camping Area, while exploring Caddo Lake State Park. The large sites have views of the lake that are only enhanced by the hanging moss and huge cypress trees growing in the shallow water.
Explore the Grand Canyon of Texas, Palo Duro Canyon State Park! The second largest canyon in the country lies in the heart of the Texas Panhandle and stretches 120 miles and up to 800 feet deep. Formed by the Prairie Dog Town fork of the Red River, you can enjoy the colorful history and rugged beauty on the 30 plus miles of hiking and biking trails.
Stop by the Pioneer Amphitheater to see the outdoor musical extravaganza,Texas, before heading to Fortress Cliff Camp Area. This tent-site area has excellent views of the surrounding cliffs of bright red claystone and white gypsum, along with yellow, gray and lavender mudstone.
The overlanding adventures in Texas are ENDLESS! Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway or a week long adventure, every corner of the Lone Star State has something different to offer. TAYLOR’D Overland can get you set up and ready for your next adventure. What area of Texas are you looking forward to exploring?