Great Texas Wildlife Trails

Los Loros Loop

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Los Loros Loop mapHarlingen City Lake ParkHugh Ramsey Nature ParkArroyo Park/ C.B. Wood ParkHarlingen ThicketLon C. Hill (Fair) Park

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More information:

  • Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce,
    Phone: (800) 531-7346, (956) 423-9121
    Email: hcoc@harlingen.com
    Web: www.harlingen.com

025.gif LTC 025 Harlingen City Lake Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: Migrations, Winter

Site open for day use only.

From the intersection of Loop 499 (Ed Carey Blvd.) and FM 106, continue west on FM 106 (Harrison Blvd.) to 3rd Street. Go north on 3rd Street about 0.5 mile to Washington. This spot allows a view of the west side of City Lake. Return on 3rd Street one block to Jefferson, and then go east to 6th Street about 0.2 mile. You may park across from the library for a view of the east side of the lake. Scope the lake for a variety of waterfowl, gulls, and terns. Liberty Garden adjoins the library, and may be quite productive during migrations. Return to FM 106 and Loop 499.

026.gif LTC 026 Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

From the intersection of Loop 499 and FM 106, go south on Loop 499 to Hugh Ramsey Nature Park (approximately 0.3 mile), the GTCBT site closest to the Valley International Airport. The opportunity to see Valley specialties such as Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, Brown-crested Flycatcher (summer), and Olive Sparrow makes this park a welcome center to birders who fly into Harlingen. At Hugh Ramsey Nature Park, park in the parking lot and walk the nature trail through the brush, or walk down to the Arroyo Colorado to look for Ringed and Green kingfishers. Harlingen is in the initial stages of connecting several parks along the Arroyo Colorado via a hike-and-bike trail.

027.gif LTC 027 Arroyo Park/C.B. Wood Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

Continue south on Loop 499 to Hale Ave. (about 1.5 miles). Go west on Hale Ave. to New Hampshire, then north on New Hampshire to Arroyo Park. Although a multi-use park, this site contains a nature trail that accesses the Arroyo Colorado. Look for Great Kiskadee and various kingfishers here.

Return on New Hampshire to Hale Ave., and then continue south on New Hampshire to the frontage road of US 77 (about 0.5 mile). Go north on the frontage road to Taft, then east on Taft to 1st Street. Go south on 1st Street to Wilson, then west on Wilson to C. B. Wood Park. This multi-use park that borders the Arroyo Colorado retains native Tamaulipan brush. Look for Curve-billed and Long-billed thrashers, Olive Sparrow, a variety of wintering sparrows such as Lincoln’s, and nesting flycatchers such as Couch’s Kingbird and Brown-crested Flycatcher (summer).

028.gif LTC 028 Harlingen Thicket

Suggested Seasons to visit: Migrations, Winter

Site open for day use only. World Birding Center site.

Return to C.B. Wood Park, and continue east on Harding to 3rd Street. Go south on 3rd Street to Arroyo, then east on Arroyo to its end at the Harlingen Thicket. The Harlingen Thicket is being enhanced as a satellite of the WBC. The Thicket is a remarkable site; a remnant of Tamaulipan brush with an impressive plant variety in the center of urban Harlingen. Scrub birds such as Bewick’s Wren, Olive Sparrow, and Harris’s Hawk are common in the Thicket. Future enhancements should allow this park to develop into one of the urban wildlife jewels of the Valley.

029.gif LTC 029 Lon C. Hill (Fair) Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: Migrations, Winter

Site open for day use only.

Return on Taft to US 77; remain on the frontage road traveling north. Continue past the intersection of US 77 and US 83 to Fairpark Blvd. and Lon C. Hill Park. The park contains a variety of native trees and shrubs, and productive butterfly and hummingbird gardens have been planted across from the Municipal Auditorium. This is where the annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival is held each November. Return to US 77, and continue south on US 77 (which becomes US 77/83) to TX 100.


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