Conexión Del Río/Staff Report

DEL RIO – With the Dog Days of summer coming to an end, temperatures cooling down, and the school year in full swing, outdoor enthusiasts of Del Rio and surrounding areas who find themselves gazing at the ground because they’re stranded, should be rejoicing not sulking.

There aren’t many other places in Texas that are better suited for a visit than the Val Verde County region.

What to do and where to go, you ask? Seminole Canyon State Park is highly recommended. Why? An enlightening and ethereal adventure awaits. 

“Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site is only a short drive from Del Rio, and offers amazing cultural and natural resources for people of all ages to experience... The park also offers beautiful vistas of the surrounding landscape, starting with the Visitors Center perched high atop the canyon walls, and over 12 miles of hike and bike trails that take you to some breathtaking views of the surrounding canyons and Rio Grande,” wrote Randy Rosales, Seminole Canyon State Park Superintendent, in an email.

Some of the beautiful pictographs found at the Fate Bell Shelter.

The park provides guided tours to view some of the oldest rock art in North America, which is “considered by many archaeologists to be some of the most well-preserved and abstract pictographs in all the world,” he said.

The park boasts an exceptional museum and Visitors Center to help interpret the story of the area’s rich history.

Rosales said the museum “covers the area’s history dating back from its early human inhabitants, over 12,000 years ago, to the creators of the region’s rock art, to military and railroad histories, and ranch land and cattle usage. There are many stories to tell.”

Park amenities include RV and tent campsites and picnic tables.

So as you’re putting on the hiking boots or retrieving the mountain bike from the garage, lift your head, clear your mind and prepare for a satisfying local experience you didn’t know existed. And don’t forget the water.

Rock art tours are conducted Wednesday through Sunday at 10 a.m., during the summer, and at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., September through May.

For additional information, please call at (432) 292 4464 or visit their website at tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/seminole-canyon.