Moranco Blanco Trail

Harlingen, Texas

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The 45,000-acre Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is the largest protected contiguous region of natural south Texas habitat left in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The vast coastal prairies and thorn forests that once covered the entire region, providing a haven for immense populations of native birds and mammals, have been replaced by farmland and urban sprawl over the past hundred years. With less than 5 percent of native habitat remaining in the coastal valley region, Laguna Atascosa represents one of the most valuable assets in the Texas portfolio of natural environments. Here is a chance to spot the endangered ocelot and the protected Texas tortoise. In addition, this remarkable landscape, composed of temperate, subtropical, coastal, and desert habitats, provides the northernmost range for many Mexican species.

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"The 45,000-acre Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is the largest protected contiguous region of natural south Texas habitat left in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The vast coastal prairies and thorn forests that once covered the entire region, providing a haven for immense populations of native birds and mammals, have been replaced by farmland and urban sprawl over the past hundred years.

With less than 5 percent of native habitat remaining in the coastal valley region, Laguna Atascosa represents one of the most valuable assets in the Texas portfolio of natural environments. Here is a chance to spot the endangered ocelot and the protected Texas tortoise. In addition, this remarkable landscape, composed of temperate, subtropical, coastal, and desert habitats, provides the northernmost range for many Mexican species."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harlingen
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best in Spring
Local Contacts: Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS La Coma
Driving Directions: Directions to Moranco Blanco Trail

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May 2018