Yturria and La Puerta Tracts

La Joya, Texas

0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
1 Review
0 out of 5
These disjunct areas of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge are located directly on US 83 between La Joya and Rio Grande City. Both are undeveloped except for some old roads allowing foot access, both are narrow tracts of land stretching north for a couple of miles from the highway, and both, with their upland thornscrub habitat, are known as good places to see birds associated with more arid country farther west. Both provide little shade, and visits on sunny days can be very hot indeed. (Arrive at dawn if possible.) Nonetheless, they offer good birding and a different experience from exploring sites along the Rio Grande. Yturria’s vegetation is a little denser than La Puerta’s, and it’s probably the place to visit if you have time for only one of these tracts.
Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

by Mel White (Falcon Guides)

These disjunct areas of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge are located directly on US 83 between La Joya and Rio Grande City. Both are undeveloped except for some old roads allowing foot access, both are narrow tracts of land stretching north for a couple of miles from the highway, and both, with their upland thornscrub habitat, are known as good places to see birds associated with more arid country farther west.

Both provide little shade, and visits on sunny days can be very hot indeed. (Arrive at dawn if possible.) Nonetheless, they offer good birding and a different experience from exploring sites along the Rio Grande. Yturria’s vegetation is a little denser than La Puerta’s, and it’s probably the place to visit if you have time for only one of these tracts.

©  Mel White/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: La Joya
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round; best in spring, winter also good
Local Contacts: Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Driving Directions: Directions to Yturria and La Puerta Tracts

Recent Trail Reviews

5/18/2006
0

Only certain tracts of the refuge are open to the public. These include Boca Chica Beach in Cameron County; the La Sal del Rey, Monte Cristo, and Yturria Brush Tracts in Hidalgo County, the Teniente and East Lake Tracts in Willacy County; and the La Puerta and Salineño Tracts in Starr County. Interpretive and educational programs are managed in conjunction with staff at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Fishing is allowed on Boca Chica Beach. Hunting, by permit only, is allowed on Teniente and East Lake Tracts. Historical sites include La Sal del Rey, natural salt lakes where Native Americans, Spanish explorers, and area settlers came to mine salt; and the Palmito Ranch Battlefield, the site of the last battle of the Civil War.



Trail Photos

Activity Feed

May 2018