Coming April 2017
My latest book is From the Frio to Del Rio: Travel Guide to the Western Hill Country and the Lower Pecos Canyonlands, published by Texas A&M Press in April 2017. Places to visit, sleep and eat are included as well as lots about the natural environment and history of the area. The book covers the southwestern Hill Country south of I-10 and west of San Antonio, plus the Lower Pecos Canyonlands from Del Rio to Langtry along the Rio Grande.
Recreation along the Pecos, Devils, Rio Grande, Nueces, Frio and Sabinal Rivers, plus Lake Amistad, San Felipe Springs Creek and Las Moras Springs Pool, which are all covered in this book, can take a variety of forms from camping, kayaking, fishing, swimming, tubing, and just lazin’ around. In addition there are some wonderful state parks and natural areas that provide wonderful hiking and birdwatching opportunities, in addition to other wonders.
Interested in military history or African-American history? You gotta see this book for the historical forts dating back to 1849 and stories of the Buffalo soldiers and the Black Seminole Indian Scouts. Love to ride motorcycles? Take the Twisted Sisters ride north of Garner State Park and continue on over to Vanderpool and Lost Maples State Natural Area to see the beautiful trees in the fall. Like bass fishing? I’ll tell you where to stay to visit Lake Amistad, a top-rated bass lake by ESPN.
Of particular interest to some is the rock art at White Shaman Preserve and Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site. Fantastical paintings made thousands of years ago by Native Americans are still preserved in these places. Once you see them, your view of the ancient past will change, I almost guarantee it.
This guide features a number of scenic routes as well, including the New Money and Old Art Trail, the Bat Trail, and the Aviation History Trail, as well as others. This guide will tell you how to get there, where to get gas, and how to have a great adventure on your next trip to southwest Texas. Thomas C. Self, Jack Johnson and others contributed wonderful photographs that illustrate the book. Look for it in April, 2017 wherever books are sold.