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.
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.
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. ;)
This park is overlooked since it’s so far from everything (literally borders Mexico), but it’s very much worth the trip. There is wonderful natural history to learn about. Even if you can’t do a long hike the views are very pretty. There are a few options for campsites, including tent-only, but they’re all pretty similar in views.
Yay: fantastic hikes along and into canyons and caves, wildlife (lizards were cool), lots to learn. Picnic tables have nice shade (otherwise it’s very open).
Nay: they don’t have the tours of the petroglyphs every day and you can’t visit them on your own.
Surprise: this park is not huge but there is so much to do and learn. Bring a camera!
Cave paintings in the desert. Definitely do the main tour. It's the reason to come here. No trees. The river has carved its way through. Makes for quite a sight when hiking the trails. Don't do this trip when it's very hot.