Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Mission: World Birding Center/Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Photo by TPWD

One of top birding destinations in the country, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park in deep, South Texas well deserves its status as headquarters of the World Birding Center. Bentsen is a great place to begin a south Texas birding adventure. Bird walks offer our visitors a chance to see wildlife in their natural habitats. Other guided tours at Bentsen feature butterflies, dragonflies and night tours as well as programs for teachers, students and young naturalists. Make sure to check the park's website for special events and workshops scheduled throughout the year.


  • 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive (FM 2062)
  • Mission, Texas
  • 78574


Hours & Fees

  • Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

  • Adult: $5, Ages 12 and under: Free

Map & Directions

Travel down US Hwy 83 approx. 50 miles north of Brownsville. Turn at US Hwy 83 BUS. Turn right at Bentsen State Park Rd 43/Farm-To-Market Rd 2062 S. Continue to follow Farm-To-Market Rd 2062 S. Continue onto Bentsen State Park Rd 43/Park Rd 43. Continue to follow Park Rd 43. Keep left at the fork to Bentsen Rio Grande Valley.