Laguna Seca Ranch is a 700-acre photography ranch, located north of Edinburg, Texas in the
Rio Grande Valley. The ranch has been preserved with all-native plants and animals. Here you can find a unique set of birds, butterflies, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, dragonflies, and plants that can only be found in Texas' Rio Grande Valley. We have equipped the ranch with one very large pond that has several photography blinds and three smaller, private ponds. Each location has been hand-crafted, and they all provide outstanding birding and photographing opportunities. A local lodge is nearby for those interested (see the "Lodging & Dining" page). Laguna Seca Ranch offers a unique South Texas birding and photography adventure!
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Laguna Seca Ranch is located just 20 minutes north of Edinburg, Texas and 45 minutes from the McAllen-Miller International Airport. Click on the map below to open an interactive Google map in a new window.
Laguna Seca Ranch and the surrounding land has been handed down within the Vela family since 1867. One of the first families to settle in the Rio Grande Valley, the Velas planted the first orange trees of the Rio Grande Valley. Sincere efforts have been and are continuing to be made throughout to maintain the pristine nature of the Vela land. Since the present landowner acquired the 700-acre plot in 2003, preservation of the native wildlife and plantlife takes top priority. Maintenance and improvement projects are constantly in progress. More information is available on the "Ranch History" page.
Tour leaders from around the world visit South Texas to conduct photography tours and workshops. Laguna Seca Ranch can set up a personalized photo tour or workshop for an individual or group that will meet the needs of all levels of birders and photographers at a lower price due to little to no overhead. Our knowledge of the local area and habits of native and migratory wildlife will enable you to get shots that might otherwise be impossible. Your itinerary will be based on your photography desires. You have the option to shoot alone, with a friend, or a guide can shoot alongside you. Whatever your choice, the ranch is extremely safe and has good cell phone coverage, so a guide will never be far away. We can also take you to other South Texas photo hot-spots that only the local photographers know. What is so great about designing your own trip is the fact that information is available from other visitors on where the birds are and what was seen yesterday. You have the flexibility to do what is enjoyable without being part of a predetermined agenda. Contact us and allow us to plan a once-in-a-lifetime visit to South Texas to photograph in one of the most rewarding birding areas in the world!
The Rio Grande Valley experiences a fair range of temperatures throughout the year. In summer, it can get quite hot, with temperatures up to 110 degrees on rare occasions. Because of the ranch's proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf breeze usually makes the heat tolerable. During the winter, a light snow is even possible. Check the ranch's weather forecast by clicking on the weather link below.
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