Seminole Canyon is still being created--deepened and widened year after year. The erosive forces of rain and flood continue to expose rock deposited up to 100 million years ago, during the Age of Dinosaurs. Ancient inland seas repeatedly flooded the landscape and then withdrew, laying down alternate bands of clay from the land and lime from the ocean. This process resulted in the layer cake of rock sequences visible today. Visitors enjoy hiking, mountain biking, camping, historical study, and nature viewing. Fate Bell Shelter, in the canyon, contains some of North America's oldest Native American pictographs and is one of the oldest cave dwellings in North America. Note: No hiking is allowed in the canyon area without a guide (Contact the park for more information.)
Posted by: TrailAPI
on April 9, 2013
Visitors enjoy hiking, mountain biking, camping, historical study, and nature viewing. Fate Bell Shelter, in the canyon, contains some of North America's oldest Native American pictographs and is one of the oldest cave dwellings in North America. Note: No hiking is allowed in the canyon area without a guide (Contact the park for more information.)
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Reviews of Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
Reviewed by KatNipp on December 29, 2014
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Camping here is ok. Sites are fine, but not what I would describe as 5-star due simply due to the landscape in this region. There are covered picnic tables and privacy, which is nice. We slept out under the stars on hammocks (with frames, due to lack of trees) and wow - what an experience! Cool breezes and a clear sky with millions of stars. We could see constellations and even the Milky Way. Incredible darkness - beautiful beyond words.
We took the short tour to see the pictographs, and I cannot recommend it enough. I am not in great shape at all, but had no problems going down and was able to self-pace going up. The walk is not too far, but you will be descending down into the canyon and climbing back out. There's a nice path and a handrail where needed, but there are some very big steep steps which were tough for me at 5'1" and overweight. It was do-able and well worth it, just take your time. All tours are ranger-led, and she was a wealth of information about the land and flora/fauna and past inhabitants. She stopped frequently for talks and that made for a pretty easy trek. Great ranger!
You can take all the photos you want and have lots of time at each site. The pictographs are amazing and definitely one of my favorite sites in Texas. They are exposed to the elements though, and are fading and disappearing. Some are expected to be completely gone within 20 years. :( No one has devised a way to save them as yet.
Don't walk, run to this site and see the pictographs. There is also a very nice nature/history center. This is well worth your stop.
Seminole Canyon wasn't really on my radar and I wasn't excited about going. It was just going to be a waypoint on our trip to Big Bend, but I am so glad we visited. It's a must-see park in Texas!
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