If you've ever wanted to feel like you've traveled out of the country without even traveling out of the state, this is the place for you. Santa Ana National Wildlife Preserve is easily one of the most beautiful spots in Texas. The space is dedicated to the preservation of birds that you aren't able to find anywhere else in the United States.

If you hike along one of their 14-mile trails through the gorgeous lush trees and expansive wildlife, you might run into some hidden architectural surprises. One of these wonders is a massive bridge surrounded by beautiful green scenery. 

The 2,088 acre land lends itself to the perfect outdoor selfie. The climb to the bridge is a bit of a walk, especially getting up all of those stairs, but the view is totally worth it.

The bridge also gives you the chance to get a little closer to the sky and a little closer to the birds the refuge hosts. Some visitors say they can see the tops of Mexican hills from the bridge. 

Along with a variety of birds, you will also have to watch out for spiders, snakes and you might even find some turtles. There is so much abundant wildlife in this forest, you'll forget you're even in Texas!

The nature preserve offers guided nature walks or you can stop by the visitor center for self guided exploring maps and for a list of all the beautiful spots they have to offer. 

You can visit every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  They are only closed on Thanksgiving, New Years and Christmas. You will definitely want to add this to your summer bucket list.

The refuge is located south of Alamo, Texas, on FM 907 about 1/4 mile east on U.S. Highway 281.  For more information on the beautiful Santa Ana National Wildlife Preserve, you can visit their website here.  

Disclaimer: We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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