Attractions

Nature Reserve in Around McAllen

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

A self-proclaimed birder’s paradise, this 2088-acre refuge is one of the valley’s most beautiful spots. Lakes, wetlands and subtropical thorny forest combine for a peaceful setting where the only noises come from bi…
Nature Reserve in Around McAllen

La Sal del Rey Reserve

The 530-acre La Sal del Rey (Salt of the King) derives its name from a colonial Spanish law that awarded 20% of all harvest to the Crown. At this hypersaline lake, atop an estimated 4 million tons of salt, that amou…
Chapel in Around McAllen

La Lomita Chapel

While the current structure is believed to date back to 1920, chapels have stood on this lomita (hilltop) since at least 1899, when the area was made the headquarters of a mission of the Order of the Oblates of Mary…
Nature Reserve in Around McAllen

National Butterfly Center

Who isn't enchanted by butterflies? This park is both a learning center and a sanctuary for butterflies and endangered plants. More than 300 species of the little winged jewels have been spotted amid its 5 acres, wh…