Government Canyon State Natural Area
Things to Do
Government Canyon State Natural Area has more than 40 miles of hiking and biking trails that range from remote rugged canyon lands to gently rolling grasslands. Natural Area visitors may enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including, picnicking, hiking, biking, trail running, geochaching, regularly scheduled guided hikes, and ranger programs. Some of the monthly hikes/programs include: Haiku Hike, Hike the Canyon, Explore the Canyon, and Family Fun. For those looking for a place to go bird watching, Government Canyon is a good place to find the elusive and endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler.
The Natural Area normally allows overnight camping on Fridays and Saturdays only. For the holidays the schedule will be extended, and overnight camping will be available from Friday December 20, 2013 through the night of Sunday January 5, 2014.There are regular walk-in (50-60 yards) campsites, and two group walk-in campsites that allow up to sixteen persons per site, Reservations are now being accepted. Read the September 5, 2012 news release, "Government Canyon State Natural Area to Open Campground".
Please call ahead for further information, as trail conditions and special events may affect hours of operation and trail accessibility.
Government Canyon State Natural Area is a highly sensitive ecosystem that needs your help to remain pristine. To reduce the human impact on the natural area please follow the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics. Government Canyon state natural area is an official Leave No Trace partner.
The park offers a variety of educational opportunities. Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.
Volunteers are welcome at Government Canyon state natural area. There are many different volunteer opportunities for interested individuals. Organized volunteer groups include and Trail Patrol, but other opportunities are also available. Government Canyon also seeks park hosts to stay for an extended period in exchange for volunteer duties. Please contact Government Canyon directly for more information on volunteering. .
Ask about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout!
Nearby attractions include Casa Navarro State Historic Site, , Hill Country State Natural Area, The Alamo, (four Spanish frontier missions operated by the National Park Service), Sea World and Fiesta Texas.