Texas is a true wonder because of its marvelous dessert, beautiful rivers and it’s rolling Hill Country. It is so large that it encompasses nearly every lyric from America the Beautiful, from shining seas to spacious skies to amber waves of grain. As a proof here are 10 of the most breath taking natural wonders of Texas.

10. The Guadalupe Mountains National Park

This is a fossil reef that stands as a reminder of what Texas used to be. The peak of the of the mountains reach 8,479 feet and the highest point in Texas. El Capitan Peak in the Guadalupe

9. Palo Duro Canyon

Credits: Sarah Richter

The Palo Duro Canyon is a dotted natural cave formation and served as an inspiration to famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe.

8. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Credits: Dave Wilson

Native American tribes believed the rock formation to have magical powers, that’s why they named it “Enchanted”. Situated outside of Llano in central Texas, Enchanted Rock is a pink Granite rock that has been a part of local lore before the time European settlers arrived.

7. Natural Bridge Caverns

Credits: Geoff Sloan

Discovered in 1960, by four college students from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Natural Bridge Caverns is the largest in the state.

6. Big Thicket National Preserve

Big Thicket is part of Texas’ Piney Woods region and an unbelievably beautiful forest land. The preserve lies on the coastal plains of southeast Texas and its biodiversity has led some to call it “America’s Ark.”

5. Gorman Falls

Credits: Tracy Keller

The falls are 60-feet high and you have to hike down a treacherous stairway covered in slippery moss. Located in Colorado Bend State Park, Gorman Falls is an ethereally beautiful water fall surrounded by bright green mosses and lush ferns

4. Jacob’s Well

This natural well is about 12 feet in diameter by 30 feet deep before it curves beneath the surface. It’s famous for being a hazardous spot for swimmers and divers.

3. Caddo Lake

Stretching out across the east Texas border with Louisiana, the magnificent marshlands of Caddo Lake are like magic with its bald cypress trees rising skyward out of moss-covered waters.

2. Padre Island National Seashore

Home to nearly 400 species of birds and one of the world’s largest sea turtle populations, the Padre Island National Seashore spans 70 miles of Texas coastline. It is the “Longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world” according to the U.S. National Park Service.

1. Hamilton Pool Preserve

Created thousands of years ago when the surface above an underground river collapsed, it revealed the picturesque grotto that attracts visitors from all over the world. This is an ideal spot for swimming for hot Texas summer because of the shade of caves and bald cypress trees.

So whenever you come down in Texas, visit and appreciate these natural wonders of Texas.