Panhandle Plains
Rita Blanca National Grasslands
Rita Blanca National Grasslands Information:
The 77,463 acre grasslands were purchased by the U.S. Department of the Interior in the 1930s in an effort to return some of the eroded land in the Dust Bowl back to its original state. The grasslands consist of several parcels of land. They are located in the extreme northwest corner of the Texas Panhandle near Dalhart in Dallam County, and in southern Cimarron County, Oklahoma. The grasslands are administered by the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with the Cibolo National Forest, the Black Kettle National Grasslands near Canadian, and the McClellan Creek National Grasslands near Groom and McLean, Texas. The local ranger office is located in Clayton, New Mexico. The grasslands are operated under a multiple use system which includes range land, watershed, recreation and wildlife uses. Rita Blanca National Grasslands recreation amenities include trails, camping and picnicking areas. Picnic facilities are available at Thompson Grove, located approximately 14 miles northeast of Texline, Texas. Through a hunting agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, a limited number of pronghorn antelope permits (gun hunting) are distributed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the public through the public hunts drawing program. Hunting is by compartment. Drawn hunters are not charged a permit fee and may camp overnight in the Thompson Grove Picnic Area. There are no standby permits available for pronghorn antelope hunts. The grasslands are located 25 miles north of Dalhart, off U.S. 385. (505) 374-9652.
Birding - Texas Panhandle Plains Birding Trail:
Rita Blanca Loop: Dalhart, Etter, Hartley, Dumas, Fritch
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for High Plains & Rolling Plains of Texas
Dallam County Bird Checklist with Photos
Hartley County Bird Checklist with Photos
Lake Meredith NRA Bird Checklist, Fritch