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Welcome!

Every day the staff here may change hats many times to meet the needs of each of these important entities.

The goals of these entities are the same; the economic, social, and environmental growth of Zapata County and its citizen’s, as well as promotion of the area and tourism development are just some of the daily tasks handled at the Chamber.

Another function of the Chamber of Commerce is the Convention and Visitors Center, which is funded by a portion of the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax, collected each year in Zapata County, and is awarded by the Zapata County Commissioners Court to the Chamber to be used for CVC activities.

The Zapata County Chamber of Commerce/ Convention and Visitors Center  is located at 601 N. U.S. Highway 83.

 

 

 Things to Do

Zapata County Fair


Best Music Entertainment in South Texas.
Great Food & Family Friendly Ambiance

Filled with events of all kinds and for all ages, the Zapata County Fair draws together the Texas Tejano music culture along with the South Texas borderland’s unique and dramatic historical land’s home-cooked recipes preserved through generations and for our enjoyment.

Livestock competitions, queen pageants, carnival rides, parades and Cowboy trail rides are awaiting the return of family, friends and visitors to the unofficial family reunion capital of Texas that never fails to honor the annual promise to provide everyone of all ages a thrilling family experience to outdo all others. Since 1972, the Zapata County Fair brings art, music and fun to this thriving community of trailblazers. The springtime weather and the enticing smells of the many mesquite-fired bar-b-que grills are sure to offer the most unforgettable adventure for the whole family. Polish your boots and buckles and prepare to rope and rustle up some great fiesta fun!

THE BIGGEST LITTLE TOWN FAIR IN TEXAS!

For more information visit www.ZapataCountyFair.com

Fishing

Named to two prestigious lists, Bassmaster’s 100 Best Lakes and WFN’s Ultimate Top 20 Fishing Towns, USA, Falcon Lake boasts some of the best big mouth bass fishing in Texas.

Avid fishermen and women from around the country make the trek to Zapata County for the lure of the catch. Sometimes the big one doesn’t get away, as many an avid sportsman and sportswoman can attest. Sporting channels have descended upon the shores of Falcon Lake to capture some of the best in competitive big mouth bass fishing. ESPN has made the trek to the South Texas Brush Country to take in the atmosphere and marvel at some of the tremendous hauls made by fishermen. Zapata County is truly big mouth bass country and Falcon Lake stands as its capital.

Families also find time to bond on the shores of Falcon Lake. They converge for picnics or fishing, each enjoying time with each other. In the end, it’s the beauty of Falcon Lake that is the ultimate draw. The fish may be biting, but Falcon Lake is certainly breathtaking. No wonder it ranks with the best of the best.

 

Hunting

It's Hunting Season in Zapata!

In Zapata, fishing’s certainly not the only game in town.  Hunters, too, find this South Texas brush country a veritable cornucopia for prized game.  In fact, national magazines such as Outdoor Life, and Field and Stream, consistently rank Zapata County as one of Texas’ best places to hunt.

Zapata County offers a wide variety of game, including white-tail deer, quail, mourning and white-wing doves, turkey, javalina and feral hogs.  While deer and bird hunting carry a set season, hunters can hunt for javelina and feral hogs all year.  Because both javelina and feral hogs are nocturanl creatures, hunters can also pursue their game at night.  While feral hogs carry no limitations, the state does put a cap on the javelina harvest, limiting it to two per license per year.  The State of Texas requires that any hunter, regardless of age, carry a hunting license to hunt anything from fowl to reptiles to mammals. However, one does not need a hunting license to hunt coyotes or feral hogs.
 


Guides and Hunting Leases Information:

Zapata Wildlife Outfitters
Contact David Dodier
(956) 763-1266
www.zapatawildlifeoutfitters.com

Ricky Martinez
1803 N. Alamo St.
Zapata, TX 78076
(956) 765-5253
Las Lajas Game Ranch
Contact Robert Vela
(926) 728-9090
(956) 237-3883
La Laja Ranch
Jose Vidaurri
(956) 645-6326
 
Varal Ranch
Contact Martin Volpe
(956) 580-9769
www.varal.com
The Tepozan Ranch
3505 S. US Hwy 83
Zapata, TX 78076
Contact Gil Gamez
(512) 426-4255

For more information please contact Zapata County Chamber of Commerce (956) 765-4871 or 800-292-LAKE (5253)

 

 

Golfing

At Los Ebanos, the golf greens are more like a tropical haven than the average golf course.

On first glance, one could mistake the Los Ebanos Golf Course for a lush tropical garden.  The palm trees, the water features and the colorful flora certainly look like paradise.  But, it’s the impressive nine-hole golf course that makes Los Ebanos the favorite spot for avid South Texas golfers.  Los Ebanos offers native Zapatans, Winter Texans and other visitors a challenging driving range and putting greens, giving these intrepid golfers a chance to practice their putting or engage in more serious rounds of play. The golf course features many amenities such as a pro shop, golf carts and pull carts.  It also plays host to a ladies club that meets at the links every Tuesday morning.  Of course, there’s also room for the gents, who take their turn on Wednesday afternoons.  Quite a few local organizations also use Los Ebanos for various fundraising golf tournaments throughout the year.

Located at 700 Lincoln Street, the Los Ebanos Golf Course remains open practically year-round, seven days a week.
For more information, call (956) 765-8336.

 

Museums

Zapata County Museum of History

A unique institution in Texas, the Zapata County Museum of History presents a comprehensive, balanced storyline in English and Spanish developed by using local archives. Authentic artifacts and interactives enhance the text and graphics as the story unfolds beginning with the geological development of the area, the native plants and animals, and the progression of the human imprint. In addition to a Native Tree Arboretum composed of fourteen different species, the Museum grounds have an extensive Butterfly Garden which has hosted many itinerant butterflies including the Monarch, the Queen, the Large Orange Sulphur, the Wood Satyr, and the Giant Yellow Swallowtail. Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy a firsthand look of all four stages of metamorphosis.

For more information visit www.ZapataMuseum.org


Mertens Frontier Ranch Store and Museum   

There is something for the whole family at the the Mertens Frontier Ranch store and museum. Realism, and history make for an interesting and unforgettable experience. Indian artifacts from South Texas area, mounted exhibits of animals portrayed in human situations, "Grandma and Grandpa Bucky", small exhibit of a variety of snakes found in South Texas, including the Western Diamondback Rattle Snake. Come walk the street of our false front western town, which includes a Black Smith's shop, Jail, Saloon and even an 25 foot Teepee. Interesting finds are just around the corner.

For more information visit www.MertensFrontierRanch.com

Parks

Zapata County offers locals and visitors alike several beautiful parks to enjoy.

Whether it’s for a family cookout or a peaceful respite from the day’s troubles, Zapata County Parks provide a welcome place of refreshment and enjoyment. On any given Sunday, the pungent aroma of fajitas sizzling on the grill floats through the park grounds as children play under the watchful gaze of their parents. Couples stroll along the trails, while at a distance, a group of friends set up a sound system for an impromptu party.  Along with playing catch, youngsters also enjoy the playground equipment swinging as high as the swing set will let them by asking mom and dad to push them higher. Hikers can enjoy Zapata’s natural beauty as they walk along the Fallen Heroes Memorial Trail, one of the county’s newest hiking spots. The trail winds its way through Zapata’s natural brush country allowing walkers to enjoy nature at its best.