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Kickapoo Caverns State Park
Featuring beautiful wildlands, spectacular bat flights, and cave swallows, this site also harbors a population of the endangered black-capped vireo. Other wildlife includes coyotes, ringtails, raccoons, white-tailed deer, black-tailed jackrabbits, fox and rock squirrels, roadrunners, many songbi...
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Black Gap Wildlife Management Area
Description: Rugged wilderness, arid mountains, and distinct wildlife characterize this wildlife management area, the largest in Texas. Over 260 species of birds recorded here include bald and golden eagles, sixteen species of ducks and geese, seven hummingbirds, and many warblers. Bobcats, coyotes, and a few black bear occur on the site. Reptiles are diverse and abundant, including at three species of large rattlesnakes, beautiful “red Racers,” common round-tailed horned lizards, collared lizards, and several species of whiptails. Tamaulipan desert scrub and Chihuahuan desert plant communities meet here contributing to the overall diversity.

Wildlife to Watch: Most of the backcountry roads require a four-wheel drive. Viewing probability from the roads is moderate to high for deer, javelina, skunks, reptiles, and amphibians but low for badgers, ringtail, and kit foxes during early morning, late afternoon, and at night. During the day, look for mammal signs, hawks, ground squirrels snakes, and lizards. Sitting quietly by water tanks or rafting the Rio Grande along the southern border through the canyons can yield exceptional views of a variety of wildlife, especially songbirds. Wildlife viewing may be discouraged during the hunting season. Bring plenty of water because the site is remote. Use extreme caution in the backcountry and avoid flash flood areas. Call headquarters for information on special tours and area access.

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Ownership: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 
Size: 106,000 acres 
Closest Town: Marathon

Tent CampingHikingFour Wheel Drive

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Golden-cheeked Warbler - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Drive south from Fort Stockton on U.S. 385 for ninety-seven miles, turn southeast on FM 2627 for eighteen miles to head quarters.

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Black Gap Wildlife Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area