Government Canyon State Natural AreaDownload a Park Map from TPWD
San Antonio, Texas (Bexar County)
About the State Park
Efforts to provide crucial protection to a portion of the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and native wildlife habitat reached a milestone in 1993 with the purchase of 8,624-acre Government Canyon State Natural Area. The majority (88%) of the park's land lies in the Recharge Zone. The park opened to the public on October 15, 2005.
Most of the park's 41 miles of multi-use trails are accessible to backpackers, hikers and offroad cyclists; equestrian access to many of the trails will be added in the future (Map.) Limited primitive camping will also be permitted in the future; the camping area is under construction. Pets (leashed) are permitted on the approximately 8 miles of frontcountry trails only. Potable water is available in the park, as well as restrooms, a park store, picnic areas and a group pavilion. The park headquarters and visitor center features interpretive displays and information.
This is currently a day use only park.
Shannon's Wild Texas Notebook
One of our favorite ways to enjoy the park is on two wheels, winding our way across the savannah, amidst mature Live Oak, Ashe juniper and Texas mountain laurel. The ride can be as easy or as challenging as you like -- the park has the trail acreage and beautifully varied landscape to suit any mountain biker.
LocationFrom the intersection of Loop 1604 and Culebra Road (FM 471), travel west 3.5 miles to Galm Road. Turn north (right) on Galm and travel 1.6 miles to the park's gate on the left.
The nearest major Texas cities are: Austin, Del Rio, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston
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HoursOpen Friday-Monday from 7 AM to 10 PM. Closed Tuesday-Thursday.
Areas of the park designated as "Protected Habitat Area" are open from September through February annually.
Check for restricted park access before any trip. When controlled public hunts are in progress, general access is not permitted.
FeesA park entrance fee is charged per day -- $6 per person for adults 13 years of age and older. NOTE: Listed fees may not be accurate year-round due to seasonal changes. Contact the park directly to confirm fees.
Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.
Note: Learn about the $60 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts passholders, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.
EventsCheck the TPWD Calendar for upcoming events at this or other area parks.
Volunteer OpportunitiesContact the Friends of Government Canyon, the officially recognized non-profit support group of Government Canyon State Natural Area, at 12861 Galm Road, San Antonio, TX 78254.
Official Contact Information
The State Park is managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
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