Resaca de la Palma
Resaca de la Palma skyviewWelcome to Resaca De La Palma
Brownsville’s Resaca de la Palma boasts the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network. Etched by ancient curves of the Rio Grande, its 1200 semi-tropical acres provide a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of an international urban center only a few miles away. Through the cooperation of local & federal land management agencies, a wilderness preserved from days gone by is open to nature adventurers for the first time.

The Land
Long before humans recorded its work, the Rio Grande was shaping Resaca de la Palma. Abandoned coils of river bed, known locally as resacas, create wildlife-attracting ponds here when full. Along the natural levees of these shallow ponds are dense stands of banco woodlands and marsh vegetation. Elsewhere, drier Tamaulipan thorn woodlands include classic mesquite and anacahuita.
Resaca Our Birds Our Birds
Resaca de la Palma promises to be an especially rich birding environment. Colorful neo-tropical and nearctic migrants — like the Summer Tanager, American Redstart, and Yellow-breasted Chat – have been noted here more often and in higher numbers. When resaca levels are controlled for the benefit of wildlife, species like the Least Grebe, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Purple Gallinule and various herons, as well as migrating waterfowl in their seasons, should also congregate here. The property’s dense ground-level vegetation is especially attractive to species like the Olive Sparrow, Long-billed    Thrasher and White-eyed Vireo, along with all the “Valley specialties.”

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Learn and Discover
Check with the World Birding Center for guided tours of this property.
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From Expressway 77/83, exit at Olmito, take FM 1732, follow for 2.5 miles; turn left at New Carmen Ave.; follow for 1.5 miles; at the end of the paved road, turn left to enter the park. Download map.

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Physical Address

Resaca de la Palma State Park
1000 New Carmen Blvd.
(off Hwy. 281 or FM 1732)
Brownsville, TX 78521

Mailing Address
Resaca de la Palma State
Park P. O. Box 714
Olmito, TX 78575


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Phone: 956-350-2920
Fax: 956-350-3814


Park: Open 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Office: Open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Visitors Center:  Open Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please help us track visitation by using Self-pay station at main gate when Visitors’ Center is closed

General – Adults $4.00
Children 12 and under Free
Full Parklands Passport* – Free
Partial Parklands Passport** – $2.00
Texas State Park Pass holders – Free

*Eligibility for Full Parklands Passport: 65 years of age before September 1, 1995 (there is no       residency restriction)
**Eligibility for Partial Parklands Passport: Texas Residents (only) over the age of 65

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What's Here

The World Birding Center visitors’ center is the portal to over 6 miles of trails, 4 decks that overlook the 4 miles of resaca, and a 3.2 mile tram loop that winds through the park, a tram leaves the visitor center every hour. Visitors need to park in the parking lot; private vehicles are not allowed within the park. Resaca’s many trails can be accessed by tram, hiking, biking or walking.

Your Experience Includes:
  • Resaca Observation Decks
  • Butterfly Garden
  • 6+ Miles of Trail Systems
  • Tram Tour & Bicycle Trails
  • 1,200 Acres of Wildlife Viewing
  • Meeting Space & Gift Shop

  • Bicycles: regular, children's tandems and trikes - $5.00- $12.00 / Day
  • Binoculars: $3.00 / Day
  • Meeting Room: $150.00 / Day


More About Our Facility
Resaca de la Palma is currently offering:
  • Bird Walk: Saturdays 8:30 a.m.
  • Butterfly Walk: Sundays 1:30 p.m.

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