This year's bluebonnet season is coming early and the first place you should head out to is the Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area in Spicewood, Texas. The popular West Austin spot is home to over 650 acres of land that flourishes with the Texas state wildflower every Spring. Muleshoe Bend is a guaranteed spot for the most colorful bluebonnet photos of the season.
Because this year's rainfall was so plentiful, paired with the average temperatures of the current season, bluebonnets will start springing up much earlier than usual. Bluebonnet fields are already sprouting across the Southern state and the Texas Bluebonnet and Wildflower Report predicts that we will be seeing fully bloomed landscapes in mid-March or even earlier.
With 9.8 miles of trails and 654 acres of land to adventure through, Muleshoe is the best spot for a Springtime day trip. The park allows biking, hiking, picnics, horseback riding, and camping on their grounds. There are also water recreation vehicles available for rent!
Access to Muleshoe Bend is only $5 per adult, $2 for seniors and free for children under 12. Campsites go from $12 for standard sites to $22 for groups. You can rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for $10 an hour.
The Recreation Area also offers a variety of yearly events, adventure guides, summer camps, river floating trips, and stargazing tours.
Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area lies West of the city of Austin, in the bend of the Colorado River. The drive to the Recreation Area from Austin is about 50 minutes, and for the expansive amount of land that you'll get to explore and photograph, it's totally worth it.
Muleshoe Bend is open daily from sunrise to sunset. It is located at 2820 County Road 414, Spicewood, TX 78669