Adventure Facts

  • There are approximately 975 adventure tourism businesses currently listed in our online inventory. This is believed to be only a fraction of the businesses in Texas.
  • Some of the activities offered by adventure tourism businesses include:

    • Hiking
    • Paddling
    • Mountain Biking
    • Off Road Vehicles
    • Rafting
    • Birdwatching & Wildlife Viewing
    • Photography
    • Stargazing
    • Swimming
    • Camping, Tent, RV, etc.

Market Data

  • According to the 2006 USFWS service study there are ~23 million people in the US that travel to view wildlife.
  • National expenditures by wildlife watchers is estimated to be $45.7 Billion for 2006
  • Nationally average trip related expenditures are estimated at $560 per participant at $37 per day.
  • Nationally 43% of households with greater than $100,000 annual income participate in wildlife viewing.
  • Approximately 1 million Texas residents that travel for the primary purpose of viewing wildlife.
  • The Lower Rio Grande Valley 4 county region attributes $125,000,000 in spending to nature tourism in the form of adventure experiences.

Sample Pricing

* prices will vary significantly based on location, quality, season and time.
  • Horseback rides $30 for 1 hour, $50 for 2 hours
  • Kayak rental at resort – $10 per hour
  • Cabin or Cottage Rental per night $125-$400
  • High Zip Line Family Package $385/night
  • Tent Camping $7/site/night
  • Nature Center Tour $5
  • Bike Rental $6 per half day $10/day
  • Birding Tour $19.95/half day
  • Whooping Crane Tours by Boat $500

Places To Visit

  • La Copita Ranch – Texas A&M University System Research and Demonstration Ranch Offering Tours.

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