Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Mission

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Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
As one of the top birding destinations in the country, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park in deep South Texas well deserves its status as headquarters of the World Birding Center. Birders across the nation know Bentsen as a treasure trove of "Valley specialties," tropical birds found nowhere else in the United States. The 798-acre Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park, together with over 1,700 acres of adjoining U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge tracts, promises a year-round nature adventure in the richest birding area north of the Mexican border.


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  • So, I couldn't see the river (sad) but the huge variety of birds especially near the trailheads was impressive. Cool green tropical varieties were too far for my phone camera but plentiful and cool...  more »
  • It's a great place to bike, just be prepared to sweat indefinitely during midday. I went there to fish with my girlfriend and a buddy of mine and unless you have a kayak or small boat there is only one spot to fish. Although at five dollars with no fishing license necessary since it's a state park, this is a great deal. They also have a gift shop but unfortunately for us, it was closed.
  • The faculty are incredibly friendly. But the amount of illegal aliens running through here everyday is a big sign of concern. Thank goodness for all the Border Patrol Agent patrolling the area or I wouldn't step foot near this park.

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