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This is a very interesting natural area. The canyon,which leads into a large reservoir, was a pleasant surprise. They have a few petroglyphs and the native history is very interesting. You will need to come before summer as this area gets very hot beginning in late April. The campgrounds are clean and organized and the price is very reasonable. The ranger and the site campground manager are overzealous and need some customer service training. The camground manager was extremely rude. I banged on our van door early in the morning only to find out we had prepaid with a reservation. The park ranger (Ashley)was even worse. She was overtly hostile and rude to multiple customers. If it was not for the staff, I would give this a high recommendation
First camping trip of 2018, couldn’t have picked a better place. The views of the canyon was beautiful, took the hike many times just to see it and to have lunch.
We tent camped two nights here in November, 2018 and were very pleased. The campsites were great, close proximity to bathrooms with showers, very clean. We did the 8 mile hike around the park and it was easy, beautiful views of the Rio Grande river looking into Mexico. We also took the rock art/painting guided tour (8.00 per person for adults). Sunsets were beautiful.
First, this park is normally only open weekends and is closed some months so check before going. You must book and pay in advance on line as they take no money at this park, there is no store, nothing to buy. This park is VERY remote, a 22 mile dirt road is required to get to the park and it takes about 90 minutes to traverse that road. There are about 7 campsites for tents only, no water, no electricity, no hookups, and the only bathroom is maybe 5 miles away. There is no service is most of the park ( WiFi at park ranger office and service on top on the peak). To get to the river you must cross 3 streams, some 11 inches deep or so, very rocky, many cars cannot make this crossing, but you can cross it on foot. We have a 4 wheel drive truck and had no problem. If you are still interested, the park is amazing, the river is so serene, several waterfalls, beautiful trees, wildlife and some trails. We went in November, 2018 and the weather was perfect. We hiked all the trails, including the 12 mile loop which was challenging including crossing the water. We had a great opportunity to take a tour of the rock art and were so glad we did, Nora was a great tour guide, plus this was free!
Devils River SNA is one of my most favorite parks in the Texas Parks system. I've been here only twice but both times this park was amazing.
Things you should know before you go:
*Cell service with ATT is non-existent (Not reliable at all. I had one bar along the river in certain areas and the rest of the time no bars)
*All of the campsites are offgrid, no electric, no water, no shade. Just a picnic table. Bring a canopy or umbrella because it can get very hot in the summer. There are no trees near the campsites as this is a borderline desert ecosystem.
*The river is the main attraction. It is pristine, clear, see-through untouched river system. Alligator gar and other fish are visible from the river side. Water can be deep in some areas so swim with caution. The river also flows at elevated speed in some areas so be careful. Generally you are fine swimming in the summer though. The water is cold.
*The river is day-use only. You cant camp alongside it, which sucks but it's meant this way to protect the river. Some people are dumb and litter or pollute.. they ruin it for the rest of us.
*The park is about 1hr off a highway, back on gravel and dirt roads. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended but not necessary. First time I went I had a 2x4 ford explorer and it was fine.. however there are certain mud holes along the way to the park, so be aware of that. The roads to the park are rough, cant drive faster than 20mph, which is why it takes 1hr to get to there.
*Top off your gas tank before you go to the park… there is no gas station within 1.5hrs or so of the park itself. Bring extra gas with you if you can. Again, cell service is almost non-existent around the park area… traffic is light, so you will be in a pickle if you run out of gas.
*There are only a handful of campsites, so reserve ahead.
*There is no vehicle access to the river. You basically drive from the campsite to a parking lot and then hike to the river about 1.5miles up two steep inclines and then down a hill to the river. Carrying a cooler sucked. Along with fishing gear and chairs. We brought a wagon the 2nd time we went.
*There is no ADA access to the river. No vehicle access, period.
*Ground fires not permitted. There is no water.
*There is one set of bathrooms are the park office - they are far from the campsites, so you'll need to drive to it if you need to use it.
*No electricity in the park whatsoever. Bring a battery for your electronics.
*Watch the weather… the river swells when it pours or storms. You dont want to be around it when that happens. The campsites are safe though… there is a creek between the campsites and park exit.. so if it does storm bad, you could be trapped. Defintely monitor weather and leave the park if it gets questionable.
*Again, there is no electricity in the park. It is pitch black when night falls. Have plenty of flashlights, batteries. It is pitch black out there.
*Stargazing is great and worth the drive to the park. Enjoy it.
Overall, this park is awesome. I'm glad it isn't popular. This being said, if you have time, visit this park. You will not regret it. Will add pics later.
This was another incredible trip to a state park when it wasn’t crowded, and we were able to tour the canyon where the pictographs are as well as hike along the canyon’s rim. We even enjoyed a snack overlooking the Rio Grande with Mexico across the river.
This place is not only beautiful from the canyon to the deer prancing through the campsite at night. The local hangout is Hookers run by and awesome family who we became friends with. We stayed two separate times on our last trip and we will definitely be back. The camping spot it beautiful also!
Seminole Canyon State Park is located in the southwest part of Texas. The Rio Grande River and the Pecos River run through the park and have shaped the history of the area. The park is in the dessert, so the late fall, winter and early spring are the best times to visit. The summer can be very hot. The campground has developed sites with water and electricity, basic sites with water, and primitive sights without amenities. Some of the campsites have shade shelters and if one is available I highly recommend that you take it. The sun and heat can be brutal. Bring a tarp which can be tied up to the shelter for additional shade. The distinguishing feature of this park is the rock art. The art has been left in the area by different people groups over different eras. The Fate Bell Tour is the basic tour which is led by park staff. It provides an excellent overview of the history and rock art in the park. There are other tours to offsite locations that are also worth a visit if you have time. The White Shaman, Curly Tail Panther, Painted Shelter and Bonfire Shelter tours are all great. If you need a respite from the heat visit the nearby town of Langtry and stop in at the Judge Roy Bean museum. The museum contains some displays and a film about the Law West of the Pecos. One of the best features of the museum is that it also has cool water and air conditioning to escape the heat. ;)
I camped here with my granddaughters and had a wonderful time. This is a small park that is centered around two main attractions. First is the actual cavern. Kickapoo Cavern is a moderate size cavern and completely undeveloped. The park staff conducts a hard hat and flashlight tour once a week, so reservations are a must. Next is the Stuart Bat Cave. About 1 million Mexican Free-tail Bats exit the cave at sunset to search for food. The viewing area is very nice and handicap accessible. You can also watch them return, which is quite impressive, if you get there before sunrise. Also there are many hiking trails to occupy the rest of your time.
The park has several campsites with full hookups. There is a dump station and fires are allowed in fire rings. Be sure to check the park website because the bats are seasonal and the park may not be open 7 days a week.
All in all this is one of the hidden gems in the Texas state park system.