If you think camping is just for summer, think again. Nestled in a lovely corner of Texas is Seminole Canyon State Park, one of the best places to enjoy this favorite pastime during the winter months.
It features a rich history, beautiful landscapes and plenty to do during any time of the year. You can find the park on US Route 90, about 9 miles west of Comstock in Vale Verde County. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department operates the 2,170-acre park that has been drawing people for over 10,000 years.
History Around Every Corner
One of the most interesting parts of the park are the pictographs you will find carved into the stone walls. Early dwellers left these pictures behind, which tell the stories of their everyday lives in the canyon. Archeologists are still spending time analyzing and deciphering these collections of pictures in an attempt to learn their meanings.
Today, the vegetation in the area is rather sparse, but this wasn't always the case. In fact, scientists believe that it was once thick enough to feed mammoths. The canyon first became known in recent times by a European explorer in 1591 named Gaspar Castano de Sosa. Eventually, the park earned its name after the Army's Black Seminole Scouts were stationed nearby.
Activities for Every Type of Outdoor Explorer
Campers and hikers can enjoy 46 separate campsites for varying degrees of outdoor adventures. At the visitor's center, you can schedule time with a guide who can help you traverse through the canyon.
If you feel like venturing back into the modern world, Del Rio is nearby. The town features a vast selection of restaurants, historical landmarks and other amenities that will keep you busy when you aren't spending time in Seminole Canyon State Park.
One thing is for certain, though. This park has beautiful views and plenty of incredible history to enjoy at any time of the year.