Rancho Lomitas is located on 177 acres of native Tamaulipan brushland in Starr County, Texas near Rio Grande City. When the ranch was purchased by Benito and Toni Trevino in 1986, much of the land and much of the brush was damaged by overgrazing. Since that time, Benito has dedicated himself to restoring the health of the brush and educating others regarding the importance of preserving this often overlooked but integral part of the local heritage and culture. As a result of landscaping with native plants near the main house, Benito has created a haven for Audubon's orioles, green jays, verdins, black-throated sparrows, and many other species associated with the thorny brush. Always phone ahead if you plan to visit for a self-directed bird walk or to arrange a guided tour of the ranch. A small RV park is also available for overnight camping.
From Highway 83 in Rio Grande City, travel north on FM 755 for 8 miles to the brown Birding Trail (076) and the green La Sagunada road signs. Turn left onto La Sagunada and go straight. Do not turn on La Sagunada North Road. La Sagunada will be asphalt and become gravel. After 5 1/2 miles, you will reach a "T" in the road. Turn left at the "T" and go 1/10 mile. Turn right and travel 6/10 mile to the ranch gate with the brown and yellow "Rancho Lomitas" sign.