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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.
Flowers along Lytle's Loop Copyright © Justin W. Moore
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.
Explanation of Symbols Campsites/Overnight Facilities 0 star Leashed Pets Permitted? YES Picnic Areas/Playgrounds 1 star Solitude 3 star Trail System 4 star Water Recreation 0 star Wildlife 2 star Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).
Wild Texas NotebookOne 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.
The nearest major Texas cities are: Austin, Del Rio, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston
Areas of the park designated as "Protected Habitat Area" are open from September through February annually.
Check for restricted park access before any trip.
Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.
Visit parks often? Learn about the $70 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts the passholder, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.
|Government Canyon State Natural Area
12861 Galm Road
San Antonio, TX 78254
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112