An oasis in the desert, Amistad National Recreation Area consists of the US portion of the International Amistad Reservoir. Amistad, whose name comes from the Spanish word meaning friendship, is best known for excellent water-based recreation, camping, hiking, rock art viewing, and its rich cultural history. Amistad is also home to a wide variety of plant and animal life above and below the water.
Surface area: 64,900 acres
#1 Bass Fishing Lake
VAL VERDE WINERY
Val Verde winery is the oldest continuously running winery in Texas. Each of their award-winning wines is carefully hand-made in small quantities, using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. We invite you to visit the winery, and enjoy a complimentary tour and tasting. Take your favorite wines home and allow us to bring our traditions and quality to your celebrations for years to come!
In 2008, Val Verde Winery completed its 125th year of continuous winemaking. It is the oldest bonded winery in the state of Texas, and was awarded the Land Heritage Award from the Department of Agriculture for single-family-ownership of the vineyards for over 100 years. Because of longevity and family pride, the Val Verde Winery is a landmark and an innovator in the growing Texas wine industry. Its survival is an inspiration to its future and the future of the industry in Texas.
SEMINOLE CANYON STATE PARK
Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site is a 2,172.5-acre (879.2 ha) site operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It is located on U. S. Highway 90, in Val Verde County, and is adjacent to Amistad National Recreation Area. It is estimated that human habitation of the area began 10,000 years ago, during the Holocene era when mammoth animals would have also inhabited the area. Vegetation is believed to have been a denser and richer variety to support the life of the area. The erosion that happened over the ages can be seen in some of the area rock walls. Indigenous peoples began to leave cave art evidence of their presence some 2,000–8,000 years ago.
Ancient rock art will draw you here. But you’ll find other things to do as well: Camp, hike, mountain bike, geocache and study history and nature.