Open Range

Palo Pinto is one of a only a few counties in Texas that is still "open range." There are 23 counties out of the 254 counties in Texas that are still "open range." 

What does "open range" mean?

It means that the county has never held a local stock option election within the county, therefore the county is "open range." In open range counties, property owners are required to build and maintain a fence that is sufficient to keep livestock off their property.

However, this does not exempt livestock owners from damages that may be caused by trespassing livestock. Even though a county is open range, livestock are not permitted to roam or traverse unattended along a U.S. or state highway. A livestock owner may be charged with a Class C misdemeanor for allowing his or her livestock to do so.