Premiere Destinations

There are many opportunities to get out onto the refuge but Boca Chica, La Sal Del Rey and the Roma Bluffs World Birding Center offer some of the most unique and gratifying wildlife watching experiences. 

  • Boca Chica Beach


    Aplomado falcons soar and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles nest here where the Rio Grande spills into the Gulf of Mexico. The 10,680-acre Boca Chica tract is a coastal environment interspersed with miles of beach front, saline flats, mangrove marshes, shallow bays and unique dunes of wind-blown clay known as ‘lomas.’ 

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  • La Sal Del Rey


    La Sal del Rey, or “the King’s Salt,” is one of three naturally occurring salt lakes that sit atop a four million ton salt dome found in South Texas.  This salt deposit has played an important role in the area's history and is today recognized as a 'Site of International Significance' for migrating shorebirds.

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  • Roma Bluffs World Birding Center


    A thriving steamboat port of the past, today’s city of Roma is a birdwatcher’s paradise!  The northernmost range of many birds and butterflies seems to end at the river's edge.  Here you will find red-billed pigeons, brown jays and many other unique species you cannot find elsewhere in the United States. 

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