Camping resumes at Texas state parks
Campers can start making overnight reservations at Texas state parks with some restrictions.
Overnight camping had been suspended since March after Gov. Greg Abbott closed state parks to visitors to help slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. While parks reopened to day-use visitors in April, camping remained prohibited.
But, as of May 27, park guests can now make overnight reservations for June 1 through September 7.
“No one is more pleased than us to welcome more outdoor enthusiasts back into state parks as part of the continued reopening of Texas,” said Carter Smith, executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, in a media release.
“Our careful and deliberate approach to phasing in the reopening has served our visitors, volunteers, and staff well as we have continued our emphasis on the safety of everyone in the parks," Smith continued.
Texas state parks are currently operating at a limited capacity, and all transactions and equipment rentals remain suspended. Visitors should purchase day passes and make overnight reservations in advance online via the Texas State Parks reservation page or by calling 512-389-8900. Expect longer than normal wait times when calling.
COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AND SAFE PRACTICES
Masks and other face coverings are encouraged but not required in state parks. Visitors are also asked to bring their own hand sanitizer. State parks are currently requiring 6 feet of distance from people outside of a visitor's party, and groups of six or more not in the same household/family are prohibited from gathering.
In-person interpretative programs are on hold, and visitor and nature centers are still closed.
Before making plans to visit a state park, check the Texas state parks webpage for up-to-date information on closures and other restrictions.
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