Brazos Bend State Park
Volunteer Organization   
Gator Hatch

Park Capacity Closures
We usually reach full capacity on weekends, school breaks, holidays and some weekdays. People without reservations are not allowed in the park when we reach capacity. To guarantee entrance, reserve passes online, or by calling the customer service center, before you visit.

Scheduled Park Closures
The entire park will be closed on these dates:

  • From 12 p.m. on Nov. 15 until 8 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2021
  • From 12 p.m. on Dec. 13 until 8 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2021

Only permitted hunters allowed in the park during these dates.

Brazos Bend State Park, a 5,000-acre gem on the Upper Texas Coast, is just 40 miles from downtown Houston and offers a wide variety of activities for every age: biking, fishing, hiking, birding, camping, star-gazing, and opportunities to learn about Texas’ bountiful natural history via free programs and guided hikes.

The park’s scenic terrain has been carved gently over time by the vigorous Brazos River, which marks its eastern boundary. Fragments of the ancient coastal prairie survive here as do dense bottomland hardwood forests and extensive marshes, making ideal habitats for the American alligator and a rich diversity of other reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. The park is an important refuge for birds, with more than 300 species recorded, and wildflowers abound during the warmer months, drawing a wealth of butterflies.

Nature Center Closure:
July 1, 2021 - The Nature Center will close on July 19 for remodeling.   The closure may last until approximately mid-September.

Park features:

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Updated: Sep 25, 2021


 "KIDS, EARN YOUR PATCHES!" Parents, it's time to bring the kids to the park again!
The Junior Naturalist Outdoor Programs is available! Bring your own materials -- follow these instructions to become a Junior Naturalist.

 The Nature Center building has new hours. We are open Friday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. until further notice.

 Please feel free to email or phone the park naturalist Montse Canedo at or (979) 553-5123 for additional details.

 Winter 2020 Guided Bird Watching Hikes

 View the current Brazos Bend Bird Sightings at Ebird Hotspot Brazos Bend SP (UTC 117)

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