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Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

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Wonderful Birding Park

Extremely friendly staff to check you in at the Texas State Park. Can buy a daily or Annual... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Dean P G
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Beautiful Park

We came for birding, but got there at the hottest part of the day. Because of that, we didn't get... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2018
Portland, Oregon
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“tram ride”(7 reviews)
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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2800 S Bentsen Palm Dr, Mission, TX 78572-4848
+1 956-585-1107
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Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Extremely friendly staff to check you in at the Texas State Park. Can buy a daily or Annual Sticker. You cannot drive a vehicle in the park but they have a tram to take you around included with the entrance fee. Excellent park to ride...More

Thank Dean P G
Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

We came for birding, but got there at the hottest part of the day. Because of that, we didn't get to see TOO many different types of birds, but we enjoyed it none the less. Green jays, golden fronted woodpecker, chacalaca, and king birds were...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

As part of the World Birding Center, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is a birding hot spot. We saw 39 species in a morning - including vermilion flycatcher, orange crowned warbler, Harris' hawk, and multiple duck, wading bird and songbird species...along with a javelina that...More

Thank Debbie D
Reviewed 1 March 2018

If you are a bird person this place is for you. There are feeding stations in the park where you can sit quietly and watch the birds come in to feed. There is a "tower" which is a large deck built high above or level...More

Thank caszsmom
Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Staff was very friendly and informative. The park has several interesting trails filled with bird blinds and other viewing areas. Great place to spend a few hours on a nice day.

Thank mattmurphy85
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

We stayed across the street at Bentsen Palms RV Resort and road our bikes within the state park often. Nice flat roads. Clean restroom half way in, near the Resaca -Oxbow lake. Saw birds, bobcat, javelinas.

Thank Cruiser666162
Reviewed 10 January 2018

This park offers guided bird walks Fri., Sun, & Wed. from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. They also offer guided nature tours from 10:00 a.m. til noon on Tues & Thurs. Both of these tours are walking tours, so wear a hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, and...More

1  Thank capitollover
Reviewed 28 November 2017

This is our second visit to this park. It is full of native and very thorny shrub, lots of birds and butterflies. We visited too late in the day to see many birds (they are active early morning and late afternoon). It is still a...More

Thank deaconallan
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Hike, Bike or trolley around, wild pigs in the area just do not disturb them and they will leave you alone.

Thank spencerdace
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is an absolute gem in far south Texas. Firstly, it's a bird watchers paradise. There are a number of blinds and an observation deck to see birds and other wildlife. We're not even bird watchers but we saw some amazing...More

Thank TrueTexasTraveler
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Evelyn M
30 January 2016|
Response from ldmsgirl | Reviewed this property |
The RV portion of the park is no longer open. However, you can prinitive tent camp but I am unaware of needling reservations to do so.
8 January 2016|
Response from pawatt50 | Reviewed this property |
there is no beach.
Alejandra M
6 August 2015|
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