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New camping license plates benefit Texas State Parks

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 5, 2014

I’m pretty fond of the horny toad license plates on my car, but the new camping-themed ones have me wondering if it’s time to change things up.

The new plates feature a cozy-looking tent, all lit up by a campfire (please don’t start a fire this close to your tent in real life, people!) and starry skies. They make me want to sneak away from my computer and pound a few stakes in the ground.

They cost $30 a year, with $22 going to the Texas State Parks Department.

To order, go to or drop by your local county tax office. You don’t have to wait for a vehicle registration renewal notice.