Sabal Palm Sanctuary

The Sanctuary sits on a 527-acre tract of land on the Rio Grande in Brownsville, Texas and is one of the most uniquely biodiverse habitats in the country, containing one of the last vestige of original Sabal Palm forest in the U.S. The Sanctuary provides breeding habitat for many endangered or high-priority birds and is a critical source of shelter and food for migrating and wintering species.

For birders and nature-lovers, no visit to South Texas is complete without a stop at the Sanctuary. It is home to many native species of plants and animals that reach the northernmost limit of their Mexican range here and do not occur elsewhere in the U.S. Cradled in a bend of the Rio Grande along the U.S./Mexico border, the Sanctuary harbors one of the most beautiful and critical ecosystems of South Texas and Northern Mexico. Sabal Palms once grew profusely along the edge of the Rio Grande in small stands or groves extending about 80 miles upstream from the Gulf of Mexico. Today, only a small portion of that forest remains, protected on 557 acres of this Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary is dedicated to instilling a shared appreciation and sense of stewardship for the natural world through hands-on nature education, citizen science and preservation of the Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary features

  • More than 5 miles of nature trails with wildlife viewing areas.
  • Short walk down to an observation deck overlooking the Rio Grande.
  • Wheelchair-accessible observation deck, Forest Trail, and photo blind.
  • Weekly Guided Birding Walk & History Tours through the Rabb House.
  • Educational displays and gift shop.
  • Wildlife presentations, workshops, and special events as announced.

Contact Sabal Palm Sanctuary

Larry Lof
8435 Sabal Palm Rd.
Brownsville, Texas  78521
Phone: (956) 541-8034


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Cameron County, Texas

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