• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • Park Phone issues

    The visitor center main phone line and fax line are not working. To reach the park visitor center, call (361) 949-8069. Fax to (361) 949-7091, Attention: Visitor Center. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Bird Island Basin Campground rehabilitation starts August 18, 2014

    The second part of a project to repair facilities and rebuild eroded shoreline at Bird Island Basin Campground begins August 18. Minor disruptions of activities in the immediate area may occur. None of the work should affect use of the boat ramp.

Prairies and Grasslands

The grasslands west of the Malaquite Visitor Center on a clear day.

The grasslands west of the Malaquite Visitor Center on a clear day.

NPS photo

Most of the island’s terrain consists of coastal prairie interspersed with ephemeral marshes and dune fields (see under Sand Dunes). Grassland habitats are dominated by small, rolling hummocks covered with salt tolerant vegetation such as seacoast bluestem and bushy bluestem.

Did You Know?

A Kemp's ridley returns to the Gulf with a radio transmitter so that her travels outside of nesting season can be tracked.

Kemp's ridley sea turtles are both the smallest and the most endangered sea turtles in the world. Padre Island National Seashore is one of only a few places in the world where Kemp's ridley sea turtles come to nest. More...