If you are interested in birdwatching, wildlife viewing, orstargazing; flowers, geology, or water; nature centers, festivals, orphotography, a destination in Texas awaits you. From the desert gardens of Big Bend to hawk watching on theGulf Coast to caving and bat watching in the Hill Country, natureoriented travel in Texas also includes lesser known getaways, suchas a photo ranch, rare plant preserve, and bluebird trail. Organized by the seven official state travel regions, Explore Texas features descriptions of almost one hundred nature-orientedsites, including information about the best time to visit andwhy it's worth going; location, fees, and other logistics; and a"learn" section on the observations and natural phenomena avisitor might expect to experience. Photographs by professionalphotographer Jeff Parker accompany the accounts, and handycolor-coded icons help guide readers to the activities of theirchoice. Perfect for planning the family's next outing or vacation, this book also contains a message of how nature tourism helps to protect biodiversity, promote conservation, and sustain the state's tourism economy.