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Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

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Address: 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr, Mission, TX 78572
Phone Number: 956 585 1107
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This 588-acre subtropical woodland is home to lots of birds and several...

This 588-acre subtropical woodland is home to lots of birds and several endangered species: great for bird watching and wildlife viewing.

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Good hiking and bird watching

There are several trails where you can enjoy more secluded bird watching. They also have a bird blind, a good place to rest if you are tired.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tomás U
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McAllen, Texas
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McAllen, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are several trails where you can enjoy more secluded bird watching. They also have a bird blind, a good place to rest if you are tired.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Borders the Rio Grande River. Birders love this place. Butterflies, feral hogs, and a great winter climate. Well groomed trails.

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Mission, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We went for a day scouting adventure/service project and I want to go back and kayak there. I think you can camp there as well.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We spent a few days at the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. We were fortunate enough to go birding with Roy Rodriguez who is a superlative guide. We used our bikes to tour the bike which is a great way to see the various areas without having to deal with vehicles. Birding was just Ok - not very cooperative when... More 

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Flatwoods, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

peaceful tram ride thru park to bird watch guide was very informative about all species cited Recommend early morning trip.

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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

We went to Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley on a warm and humid day. The mosquitos were out in force, and they made our day a bit less enjoyable. The park is huge, but we decided to walk some of the trails and visit the hawk tower. The staff was very nice telling us that the tram operates every hour (on the... More 

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Thank stazandgazer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Fantastic place to ride bicycles or walk and enjoy the birds and wildlife. So relaxing, just sit on a swing and enjoy peace & tranquility.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Someday, if we become Winter Texans, we can come here on a cooler day as birding in 97 degree heat was unbearable and extensive walking impossible. We were very thankful for the shuttle that comes through every hour and the feeding stations were great. Who knew that Chachalacas love peanut butter?! It was hilarious to watch them empty a peanut... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

We like to drop down here and watch the river wind by while munching on their marvelous nachos and a drink. Boat rides are great to bring visitors on.

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Cave Junction, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

When they say this is the birding capitol of the USA they aren't kidding. Great walking trails, bird blinds, and full feeders to draw them in close. If you have a birding list and want to start checking off those hard to find birds start here.

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