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Camping at SCSP

Camping at Seminole Canyon State Park is a great way to spend a week or a weekend! We have been enjoying the park for about 8 years and each time we come we do more and see more wonderful things. The Rock Art of the Lower Pecos is always a draw, and there is also boating, visiting close by Langtry (where Judge Roy Bean was “the law west of the Pecos” for many years in the late 1800’s). There are many animals to see, and bird watching during some of the seasons, walking around some pretty spectacular canyons and just relaxing!

The Pecos River

The scenery is magical! Especially before a rain storm.

Find your perfect camping spot. They are all good, with views that are perfect too.

Take the Park sponsored Fate Bell and Fate Bell Annex tour. The Park sponsors tours of Presa Canyon , the Upper Canyon, and soon the Panther Canyon tour. Tickets available online or at the park office .

There are miles of trails that one can enjoy on ones own. One of my favorites is the Rim trail, but the Rio Grande trail is a favorite too. And, the Windmill Tour is also a favorite. I guess I like them all.

And….the views!

Take a canoe/kayak ride on the Pecos River, or Lake Amistad.

Visit neighboring Rock Art sites sponsored by the Witte Museum

We’ve seen skunks, deer, grey fox, javelina, raccoons, indigo snakes, rattle snakes and coachwhip snakes, rabbits, lizards including the Texas horn toad lizard, porcupines and two herds of feral goats roam the grounds of the park. There has been a Mexican Black Bear siting. Here is a picture of a porcupine that visited us one morning.

And, at the end of the day enjoy your camp site at Seminole Canyon State Park

Seminole Canyon State Park

November 2020

Henny E Sands

Member of the Friends of Seminole Canyon State Park

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Camping at Seminole Canyon State Park

Camping at Seminole Canyon State Park is a great way to spend a week or a weekend! We have been enjoying the park for about 8 years and each time we come we do more and see more wonderful things. The Rock Art of the Lower Pecos is always a draw, and there is also boating, visiting close by Langtry (where Judge Roy Bean was “the law west of the Pecos” for many years in the late 1800’s). There are many animals to see, bird watching during some of the seasons, walking around some pretty spectacular canyons or just relaxing!

The scenery as you drive toward the park.

The Pecos River

The scenery is magical! Especially before a rain storm.

Find your perfect camping spot. They are all good, with views that are perfect too.

Take the Park sponsored Fate Bell and Fate Bell Annex tour. The Park sponsors tours of Presa Canyon , the Upper Canyon, and soon the Panther Canyon tour. Tickets available online or at the park office .

There are miles of trails that one can enjoy on ones own. One of my favorites is the Rim trail, but the Rio Grande trail is a favorite too. And, the Windmill Tour is also a favorite. I guess I like them all.

And….the views!

Take a canoe/kayak ride on the Pecos River, or Lake Amistad.

Visit neighboring Rock Art sites sponsored by the Witte Museum

We’ve seen skunks, deer, grey fox, javelina, raccoons, bob cats, hawks, canyon wrens, buzzards, ravens, indigo snakes, rattle snakes and coachwhip snakes, jack rabbits, lizards including the Texas horn toad lizard and porcupines roam the park. There has been a Mexican Black Bear siting in a nearby canyon. Here is a picture of a porcupine that visited us one morning.

And, at the end of the day enjoy your camp site at Seminole Canyon State Park

Seminole Canyon State Park

Henny E Sands

November 2020

Member of the Friends of Seminole Canyon State Park

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Welcome to Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site

I would like to personally thank each of you for your interest in partnering with Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site in a Friends Group capacity.  I am excited about the upcoming year and the exiting new programs that we will be offering.  

Most of you are probably acquainted with the terminology of a friend’s group, but for those of you who aren’t, here’s a short-defined answer:

State Park Friends Groups are volunteer-led, membership-based nonprofit partners that support a park site through volunteerism, fundraising and public education.  Friends Groups also serve as an important link to the community.

In the past, Seminole Canyon’s main focus has been tour driven to some of the most spectacular rock art in the state of Texas.  However, this year we are in the planning stages of offering additional programs to further the parks goals, to extend the visitor outdoor experience, and to educate within our community.  

Here is a list of some of the programs we are in the process of implementing:

  • Bust tour to Panther Cave Overlook
  • Night sky program
  • Hike and kayak tour to Panther Cave
  • Dutch oven program
  • Educational programs offered in our local library
  • Community outreach
  • Archery

So, the question is, how can a friends group help?

First of all, each and every one of you have something to offer.  Some of you may be historians, archeologist, or rock art enthusiasts.  While others, may be good working with your hands, photographers, have great ideas, experts in fundraising, or just downright passionate about Seminole Canyon State Park!  Which ever it may be, your skills and passion are needed.  Members of a friend’s group can help by volunteering their time guiding tours, helping in educational outreach, donations to the park, participate in working along park staff in projects or trail cleanup, take photos for promotional purposes.  Trust me, there is always something that needs to be done in a state park.  There are also times when a friends group has ideas or would like to implement a new tour or structure within the park.  All these things are considered and partnered together with us here at Seminole Canyon. 

From the parks point of view, at this time, this is how members of a Friends Group could help:

  • Volunteers to guide tours
  • Volunteers to lead various programs
  • Volunteers for community outreach
  • Volunteers to help with projects & trail clean up
  • Volunteers to coordinate fund raising (Funds needed to purchase 10 kayaks for Panther Cave Tour & funds needed to re-paint Tour Bus)

As of right now, there are several individuals that have shown a passionate interest in organizing a Friends Group for Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site.  If you, or someone you know would like to partner with us in organizing or volunteering in a Friends Group for Seminole Canyon, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself, or Sandy and Henny Sands (210) 488-5817.

Once again, thank you for your interest and willingness to help to preserve and cultivate Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site!

Douglas Adair
Superintendent
Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site

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Welcome to Friends of SCSP

Seminole Canyon State Park has had a rough go of it for the past year or so. There has been major utility  and infrastructure repair & replacement for the aging and failing water lines, rest room upgrades and a host of other minor and major works for the park. According to Douglas Adair, the Park Superintendent, completion is right around the corner. The Park has stayed open for the most part for day use, but closed for camping. February/March 2021, it is hoped, will open up the camping section again. Happy Days!

Another big, new change at the park is the startup of the Friends of Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site (SCSP). Yes, it has come together. The purpose of the 501 (C) 3 is to help support the park to be able to offer activities and engagements that are outside of the Park’s normal routine. Specifically, “To assist and support thru volunteer activities and fund raising the overall goals and objectives of Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site.” That is who we are.

Our first objective is to grow membership in Friends of SCSP. By joining as a Friend you will be part of a like minded group of folks who experience SCSP as a very unique and special world. The beauty and ruggedness of the canyon lands is all around us. The world renowned 4500 year old Rock Art of the Lower Pecos is the heart of the Park. The Dark Sky certification is phenomenal for star gazing. Cooking in the desert? Absolutely. The Dutch oven cooking program. Want to be working on trails?  And we need volunteers! Folks have been living, working and visiting here for over 10,000 years.

Panther Cave, accessible only by boat, sits just out of reach off of lower Seminole Canyon as it joins Lake Amistad. Starting in the late spring, 2021, kayaks will be ready to take visitors the ¼ mile or so from Seminole Canyon to the Cave site. Friends of SCSP have just wrapped up a very successful fund raising effort to purchase those thirteen kayaks for the hike / kayak tour. It includes two kayaks for the guides, and for the visitors 10 solo kayaks and one tandem kayak.

An old Blue Bird 10 seat school bus (twenty passenger) was just aquired for bringing visitors on the six mile round trip to the Panther Cave and Presa Canyon overlooks. (EIGHT MILES IF YOU HIKE THE RIM TRAIL!) Many Park visitors are unable or uninterested in making the six mile hike along the ranch road to those spectacular overlooks. They really are a “Must See.” The bus is in great shape, but the seats are, well, a mess. The Friends of SCSP to the rescue! We have completely reupholstered the seats and should have everything up and running very soon.

Come experience the delightful World of The Rock Art of The Lower Pecos. We look forward to your joining us as Friends of Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site.

Hope to see you soon at Seminole Canyon State Park

Sandy Sands, President, Friends of Seminole Canyon State Park