Monday, August 25, 2014

Huge tract of Texas coast land to become state park

Texas state park officials are now in possession of 17,351 acres of spectacular property along the Texas coast. The Powerderhorn Ranch in Calhoun County is one of the last big tracts of Texas coastal prairie. The big chunk of land cost a big chunk of money -- $37.7 million, making the deal the state's biggest-ever conservation land purchase. The Lone Star government is aiming to turn the property into a state park and wildlife management area.

The state partnered with several other agencies, conservation organizations, and individual donors to swing the deal.

This state-produced four minute video shows off just what visitors can enjoy in the future when the gates to Powderhorn Ranch swing open to public visitors.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Circuit of The Americas™ offers multi-night, premium RV parking spaces during 2014 events in Austin area

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is offering multi-night, premium RV parking spaces during two major events coming to Central Texas next month. South by Southwest (SXSW), the world’s largest music, film and interactive festival, will take over downtown Austin March 7-16, while the Star of Texas Rodeo returns to the Travis County Fair and Expo Center March 1-16. Both events draw hundreds of thousands of out-of-state visitors to the Austin area.

To help accommodate the many visitors heading to Austin for SXSW and the rodeo, COTA is renting its permanent RV parking spaces located along the circuit’s Back Straight between Turns 11 and 12. The rental price per space is $50 for up to four people and includes one 75-foot paved RV space with 24-hour security and in-and-out privileges. RV sites will have access to water and electricity hook ups, full bathrooms and a laundry facility.

COTA is located only minutes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and is approximately 15 miles from downtown Austin, where many of the SXSW activities are planned. COTA also provides easy access to SH 130 and U.S. 183, two main arteries leading to the Travis County Expo Center where the rodeo takes place.

“We are pleased to offer safe and affordable accommodations for guests traveling to Austin for these major events,” COTA Vice President of Public & Media Relations Julie Loignon said. “RV spots during these festivals are in high demand, and we’re happy to make our permanent spaces and support services available to Austin visitors.”

Premium RV parking can be reserved by calling Julie Woody at 512-944-5800 or 512-944-5096. RV park rules and regulations will be posted at There will be an additional charge of $5 per day for RV sites that exceed four occupants.

RV parking spaces will also be offered during the Republic of Texas Biker Rally, set for June 12-15, 2014.