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TPWD News Release — Sept. 20, 2012

Campers Now Welcome at Government Canyon State Natural Area

SAN ANTONIO – Just in time for cool, marshmallow-roasting autumn weather, Government Canyon State Natural Area in west Bexar County is opening up its first campground on Oct. 5.

The natural area, which opened in 2005, will offer overnight camping on Fridays and Saturdays only in its front country, walk-in tent campground. Tent campers can choose from 23 individual campsites, renting for $18 per night, and two group campsites, costing $40 a night. Regular entry fees will apply.

Vehicle parking is located nearby with pedestrian trails leading to the campsites. Water faucets and two self-composting toilets are centrally located throughout the campground. Check out the campground map to get a lay of the land.

“The new campground will offer a unique and more rustic camping experience for our visitors and blends perfectly with the natural area’s mission and purpose,” says Chris Holm, Government Canyon’s superintendent. “Having this type of primitive campground in such close proximity to a major metropolitan area is a real treasure.”

For further information, including campground maps and campsite photographs, visit the Government Canyon page on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/government_canyon/. To reserve a campsite visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/park_reservations/ or call (512) 389-8900.

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