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Zapata, Texas

Zapata was named in honor of Antonio Zapata, a Mexican army officer and fierce fighter. The earliest civilized settlement in present Zapata County was Hacienda Dolores founded by José Vasquez Borrego in 1750. The ruins have been designated a state historic site. Other sites have been found throughout county. When the historic old town on the banks of the Rio Grande was flooded by the Falcon Reservoir, the new Zapata was built on U.S. 83. Zapata is the site of ranching, oil and natural gas production.

Zapata joins Texas under six flags, but also boasts a seventh flag for the Republic of the Rio Grande. The flag has flown over the area since March or April of 1840.

Zapata invites you to inquire locally about the nature conservatory, which rescues and rehabilitates birds and animals.

The shores of Lake Falcon are perfect for birdwatching. Almost any prized birds on any birder's list can be seen here. The white-collared seedeater is a rare prize. Also found are the Green Jay, Kiskadee Flycatcher, and the fall migration of Hummingbirds.

Attractions and Upcoming Events


La Paz County Historical Museum

In typical, 200-yr.-old Mexican home. Exhibits include photos of old Zapata, antique ranch furniture, early doctor's equipment, and early cooking utensils. At Benavides Elementary School in San Ygnacio, about 25 miles north on U.S. 83

Zapata, TX Museums

Falcon State Park

572.6 acres on shores of Falcon Reservoir. Facilities include cabins, boat docks, camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, trailer sites with electricity, rest rooms with showers, groceries and snack bar, and 3,500-foot air strip. About 28 miles south via U.S. 83, F.M. 2098, Park Road 46

Zapata, TX State Parks


Los Ebanos Golf Course

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Zapata, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Zapata, TX

Heritage Museum

Pictures, weapons, and other mementos of early frontier heritage as well as artifacts of pioneer days in Brooks County.(U.S. ...

Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center

Away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area on the campus of Laredo Community College, this oasis offers a learning ...

World Birding Center Headquarters

Located within Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, site meant to educate the public about the unique wildlife within the re...

John C. Beasley Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Edinburg Municipal Waterparks

Family fun at three-pool swimming facility featuring 125-foot figure-eight water slide, water basketball, sand-pit volleyball...