Chinati Mountains Could Open as a Texas State Park in the Future

PRESIDIO COUNTY, TX (KMID/KCIT) - Texas Parks and Wildlife owns nearly 40,000 acres of land in the Chinati Mountains near Presidio.

Now they're asking for public input on opening a new state park on the land.

"There are some that are advocating for less development. They're using the phrase less is more. Then you have some that are looking for more development," says Justin Fleury with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Texas Parks and Wildlife is holding public meetings in Marfa, Presidio and Austin.

If opened, the park would rank amount the three largest state parks in Texas and would open the door for more activities in the Big Bend region.

"We'd come see it that's for sure," says tourist Ed Jennings.

Despite much anticipation, the opening of the park won't happen for a significant amount of time.

Texas Parks and Wildlife plans on having another round of public meetings in May. 

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