Amistad National Recreation Area has changed my opinion of Texas. It is beautiful in an undescripable way. The rocky coast, the miles of terraces that were once the bottom of the water, the blue/tourquise water that was at the base of the rocky terraces, were a beauty that must be seen to describe it.
Our campsite that we chose was Governors Landing, on a reservor of the Rio Grande. While it is right off US 90 is still gets quiet at night. The view cannot be beat. It was the more expensive campsite at $10.00 per night. The other sites ranged from $6.00-$8.00 a night. It was so worth money. Originally we were going to stay 2 nights and we quickly added an additional 3 on, only because we want to try to beat the heat further outwest, otherwise we would have stayed longer. You are able to stay there for up to 14 days in each of the camping areas. There is a total of 5 camping areas. All the areas have a covered table, a grill and fire pit and trash cans available. Ours not only had that but access to potable water and was close to Diablo East which has a marina and some great little hikes but also most importantly a free dump. Honestly, if these make it to your bucket list places you can’t really go wrong with any of the campgrounds.
Amistad means friendship in Spanish. Amistad lies between the United States and Mexico border. The park offers hiking, water sports, fishing, birding , canoeing, kyacking and bow hunting in season. The reservior was created by the Amistad Dam in 1969 for flood ontrol, water storage and power generation as well as recreational use. There are two bronze eagles symoblizing the cooperation between the US and Mexico in building and managing the dam. We did not make it over to see the eagles but maybe next time. Also, when not Covid times they give dam tours but well as we all know things are a little different right now. So hopefully we will be able to do it next time.
There are miles of hikes, all beautiful. Diablo East has three short easy trails and the Sunrise Trail and Figueroa Trail. We did all the ones at the main area but did not do the Sunrise nor the Figueroa trials. We need to safe something for the next time. Plus we only have a 3 mile dog. But what we did do was go to Seminole Canyon State Park. What a really great place. They have miles and miles of hikes but again we have a 3 mile dog so pushing it with our about 4.5 miles was more than enough for her. We highly recommend that you do this park if in the area. All the trails we were on in the area are dog friendly.
Connectivity (Verizon) was amazing while in all of the Amistad area, however when we went to Seminole Canyon it did not exist and we even received a text (when our service came back) welcoming us to Mexico.
We met some super nice people, some heading east and some heading west. Hoping our paths will cross again sometime.
We had to move on, so next weeks blog will find us at Persidio, Texas.
Until then, remember to like this blog, and considering following as we continue to head to the west.
Take care and safe travels,
Hope, Mike and Eris (the lowrider camping hound)