Windmill Nature Trail

Comstock, Texas

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Windmills are the desert’s handmaidens. In the badlands of Texas, where nature cobbles together a landscape of bald limestone hummocks, prickly pear cactus, and abrupt knife-edged drops into stone canyons, windmills are often the only hope of survival for any living creature not completely adapted to arid ways. The countryside wasn’t always so harsh. Cool temperatures and lush vegetation, as well as an abundance of funky wildlife including extinct species of camels and elephants, once dominated the region. Then substantial climatic change occurred over the course of several thousand years to create a more arid environment. But the most dramatic change has been far more recent. Just over two centuries ago, the rolling limestone hikers see as they scan the lumpy horizon was once vast grasslands dotted with shady mottes of oak and juniper.

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"Windmills are the desert’s handmaidens. In the badlands of Texas, where nature cobbles together a landscape of bald limestone hummocks, prickly pear cactus, and abrupt knife-edged drops into stone canyons, windmills are often the only hope of survival for any living creature not completely adapted to arid ways.

The countryside wasn’t always so harsh. Cool temperatures and lush vegetation, as well as an abundance of funky wildlife including extinct species of camels and elephants, once dominated the region. Then substantial climatic change occurred over the course of several thousand years to create a more arid environment. But the most dramatic change has been far more recent. Just over two centuries ago, the rolling limestone hikers see as they scan the lumpy horizon was once vast grasslands dotted with shady mottes of oak and juniper."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Comstock
Distance: 0.25
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Best in Spring
Local Contacts: Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site
Local Maps: USGS Seminole Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Windmill Nature Trail

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May 2018