• 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?

The National Park Service arrowhead contains a white buffalo, an animal sacred to many native Americans.

Although Padre Nicolas Balli established the first permanent settlement on the island, the island was previously owned by his father and his grandfather, who obtained the original grant from the Spanish crown. More...