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    Rio Grande Valley: Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park to Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

    McAllen, Texas

    Rio Grande Valley Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park to Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

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    alamo, TX
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    12/10/2006
    I'm not sure that this could be called a scenic drive anymore. I live in the Rio Grande Valley and have taken this drive many times. Urbanization has all but taken up any of the open land along this drive. Everytime I take it a new building has popped up somewhere. Also, this route has become far too crowded with traffic. La Lomita Chapel, while still interesting, is starting to show wear-and-tear. The park is not very well kept and the chapel is starting to become dilapitated. I have watched it degrade steadily over the years. Usually, when I have been there, the La Lomita Park has been deserted. The bookends of this drive, Santa Ana and Bentsen, are still worth visiting. The birding in both parks is exceptional. Santa Ana has many times been the one wild place which has kept me sane in the midst of the Valley's urbanization. All I can say is that the Rio Grande Valley is not what it used to be, and that is not a good thing. Visit Santa Ana and Bentsen, skip the rest.
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    McAllen
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    24
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    Year-round, best late fall to early spring
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    Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park
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