|Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge|
One of the largest concentrations of lesser sandhill cranes in North America-often more than 100,000 birds at one time-winters at this grassland refuge. Thousands of ducks and geese use the refuge during the winter months. Shorebirds and a large diversity of songbirds migrate through the area. ...
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
|Description: Spectacular scenery, reminiscent of the Grand Canyon, startles the visitor driving from the flat plains down to Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. This peaceful stream, which roars following a heavy rain, has carved through recent rocks at the top down to the red Permian shales that are about 250 million years old. Today, permanent residents include mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, mule deer, porcupines, ringtails, beaver, rabbits, raptors, wild turkey, scaled quail, blue and scrub jays, canyon and rock wrens, and bushtits. Winter brings golden eagles, mountain bluebirds, golden crowned kinglets, and an occasional northern shrike or evening grosbeak.|
Wildlife to Watch: Viewing probability is high for most birds, moderate to high for small mammals, and low for large mammals. Look for tracks and scat along the extensive trail system and banks of the river. Horseback riding is available in the canyon. A visitor center offers excellent exhibits and interpretive materials.
Ownership: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Size: 16,000 acres
Closest Town: Canyon
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