Longoria Unit, Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area - Santa Rosa, Texas
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
N 26° 19.273 W 097° 49.372
14R E 617487 N 2911792
Quick Description: Surrounded by miles of savannah, the Longoria Unit preserves a sliver of original Rio Grande Valley habitat. If you come here, be on the lookout for swarming hordes of butterflies.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/23/2008 6:29:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM3EFT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member johmer79
Views: 40

Long Description:

This tract was purchased by TPWD in 1957 to preserve white-winged dove habitat, mainly for hunters. But, luckily for birders and others, a portion of the tract was found to be a remnant of native Rio Grande Valley forest. Restoration efforts addressed the farmland, turning it into prime habitat for the white-winged dove. The remnant forest was developed for birders with the installation of two bird blinds and a hiking trail.

The hiking trail begins paved, but eventually turns into a dirt path. With a little bit of back-tracking, you can do a 0.75-mile loop through the flowers and into the woods. In October, there are butterflies everywhere in the forest - orange butterflies, red butterflies, yellow butterflies, blue butterflies - it’s simply amazing.

Outside of the small tract of forest are acres of brushland, good for hunting but way too sunny and flat for hiking or mountain biking.

Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): 373 acres

Is there a trail system?: Yes

If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.:
Short system. See link above for a download.

What points of interest are there?:

What activities are available?:
Hunting (in season); mountain biking; hiking

List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):
Snakes; Plants with thorns.

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Is a permit/fee required?: Yes

If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.:
You would think this would be an easy question to answer. According to TPWD's website, one must have a $15 Limited Use Permit (LUP) to access Wildlife Management Areas. It states that you can buy the LUP at any State Park. If you try to purchase an LUP at a State Park, they will not know what you are talking about and tell you that you need a State Park Conservation Passport ($60 with free admission to all Texas State Parks). At any rate, there is no place within 50 miles to purchase either an LUP or a passport, and there are no signs indicating that either are required.

Please supply the website of the land if available: [Web Link]

Hours of accessibility?: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Visitors are encouraged to supply a picture of either themselves or their GPS at the trailhead and/or signage of the public access lands - describe your experience there and what you saw - tell us why other folks should come visit!

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