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TPWD News Release — Oct. 24, 2005

Government Canyon Welcomes Public, Sets Operating Hours

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Several thousand visitors showed up Oct. 15-16, the opening weekend for Government Canyon State Natural Area, touring the new Visitor Center facilities, picnicking and scouting out miles of wilderness trails on the edge of San Antonio.

During the opening, state natural area manager Deirdre Hisler announced Government Canyon’s days and hours of operation. They are: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays through Mondays only. Access to backcountry trails closes at 5 p.m., while access to frontcountry trails ceases at 6 p.m.

When Daylight Savings Time takes effect Oct. 30, the hours of operation will change to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and trails will close an hour earlier.

At this time, there is no overnight camping allowed in the 8,622-acre state natural area, but there are 34 miles of trails to explore by foot or bicycle. Primitive tent camping is expected to be offered sometime next year.

For more information, contact the park at (830) 688-9055.

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