Let’s Explore: La Sal del Rey


Hey RGV Moms, we’re adding more adventures to our “Let’s Explore” series and highlighting some great spots in the RGV to visit with your kiddos. Today’s stop: La Sal del Rey.

La Sal del Rey

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Location: Off of Brushline Rd and TX-186, Edinburg

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Cost: Free

Time Needed: 1-2 hours

Website: Lower RGV National Wildlife Refuge

Facebook Page: La-Sal-del-Rey


Let’s Explore!

Did you know that the RGV has a salt lake that is seven times saltier than the ocean? I love to find hidden pieces of nature within the RGV, and visiting La Sal del Rey is definitely a unique experience!

You’d better be committed, though, because getting there takes a little bit of determination! You’ll want to take 281 north past Edinburg and exit on TX-186. Turn right and follow the road for about 6 miles until you get to Brushline Road (unpaved, but manageable for a normal car). Turn left on Brushline and go about 2 miles. The entrance is on the left.

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Entrance Sign
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The path

There’s a path that leads to the salt lake. I would estimate it is about a half of a mile. We had all 4 kids in tow, and it only took us about 20-30 minutes to walk. About 15 minutes in, there’s a sign saying that you have another mile to go…but never fear, you’re almost there!

There’s a small deck and informational signs, and you get a great view of the lake.  Depending on the time of year and recent rainfall, there may be some mud. But we came to explore, right?!

We brought water shoes and walked out quite a ways into the salt lake. The reflection was really cool and made for a great photo op. We also found quite a few animal tracks and even saw a deer from a little ways off.

This is definitely a great spot in the RGV to get your littles out into nature and explore!

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Insider Tips:

  • Be ready for an adventure before you even get to the parking lot!
  • Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray
  • The unshaded path would be pretty brutal in the heat, so I would recommend going on a day that’s below 80 degrees.
  • Bring towels and a change of shoes so you can explore the salt lake

RGV Moms, get out there and explore all that the Valley has to offer! Check out the “Outdoor Play” section of our Directory for more information and ideas!


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