Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hiking at Amistad National Recreational Center

Frequently people driving through the desert northwest of Del Rio are surprised to find a large lake in the midst of the desert.   However, we came intentionally to visit Lake Amistad and the Amistad National Recreation Area.

We began our visit to the Amistad National Recreation Area with a hike on the Sunrise Trail which originates at the Visitor Center.  We saw rabbits and deer, but of most interest was the Native Flora.

Claret Cup.

Horse Crippler

Huisache in bloom.

Guajillo in bloom.

Prickly Pear in bloom
Close-up of Prickly Pear Bloom.

View from Sunrise Trail toward Lake Amistad.
While the distant view from the hiking trail toward the reservoir looks plain and uninteresting, we were thrilled by the beautiful discoveries all along the trail.