Whether you are pressed for time or money and cannot vacation out of state this winter, there are plenty of memorable outdoor activities in Texas. In fact, more winter activities are just outside your door than ever before. Here are a few of our favorites at Onto Orthopedics:
- Hike the Cross Timbers trail- On the south shore of lake Texoma, this popular local hiking trail (known as "The Toughest Little Trail in Texas") is consistently rated as one of the best trails in Texas. At roughly 15 miles, it is easy to make this a weekend or overnight adventure. Parking at either end is free and several camp sites exist along the path. Make sure to check the weather before venturing out though! http://www.cedarbayou.com/cross_timbers.asp
- Visit Palo Duro Canyon- Known popularly as "The Grand Canyon of Texas", the Palo Duro canyon offers sweeping views and an unforgettable experience. The vistas might not be as memorable as those of the Grand Canyon, but your wallet and watch will thank you. http://www.palodurocanyon.com/
- Hike the 4 C's Trail- Is the weather too chilly for the Cross Timber's Trail? Would you prefer a longer trip? If so, the 4 C's trail might be just what you are looking for. Elevation change is minimal and temperatures tend to stay warm even in the middle of January. Make sure to take proper precautions as some literature recommends bringing you own water. http://www.ouachitamaps.com/Four%20C.html
- Visit the Beach- Many of the beaches along the gulf remain warm throughout the winter. South Padre island and Galveston are popular destinations, however each of the beaches along the Texas coast offers its own unique charm.
- Hueco Tanks State Park- Along with hiking, camping, and rock climbing, the Hueco Tanks State Park is known for its historically-old cave paintings. While this state park is near El Paso (quite a drive from DFW), it's not a trip to be missed! http://gotexas.about.com/od/sportsrecreat3/a/Hueco-Tanks-State-Park.htm