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Upper Canyon Half-Guided Hike

December 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

THIS EVENT REQUIRES REGISTRATION.This guided-only hike takes you into the remote upper sections of Seminole Canyon boundaries, where the participants will be led to several remnant-sites of the Southern Pacific railroad-era (1882–1892) and to the Seminole Watering Hole, a historical stopover/camp site for the U.S. Army’s Detachment Black Seminole-Indian Scouts and their Lt. John L. Bullis.

Why is this a guided hike? This is for your safety and for protection of the cultural and natural resources. The park only supplies guide(s) for the hike; they and the park do not carry any of the participants’ gear.

Who provides the guide(s)? The park provides an approved guide, either staff or docent. The guide(s) move at a comfortable pace and the group stays together.

Who can participate in this hike? Almost anyone, considered in good health, have an average/normal upper and lower-body strength, be comfortable with traversing uneven terrain, dense brush and good balance. This hike is very strenuous for small children and not suitable for strollers.

How long is the hike? This hike takes about 4 hours in time and is 2.5 miles in length.

Is there a set number of people allowed on the hike? Yes, there is a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 24. In the event that the minimum number is not reached 2 days before hike date, the hike will be cancelled (notification will be that Thursday) and in the event of over the maximum number, a waiting list will started (preregistered names first go on hike and walk-ins only if space allows).

Is there an age limit? If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must actively accompany you on this hike. All adult/youth participants must sign a Release, Waiver and Indemnity before the start of hike.

Can I bring my dog? No, pets are not allowed, for the safety of both your pet and the park’s wildlife. This is a wild park, in which your pet will be in an unfamiliar environment, may panic, break away from your control, get lost and/or chase and hurt wildlife.

How do register for this particular hike? You will need to call the park,specifically inform he park staff that you would like your name along with a current phone number/email put on the UPPER CANYON 1/2 DAY GUIDED HIKE, FOR THE HIKE DATE_____. (Note this hike does not include the Fate Bell Shelter).

When can I register for this hike? Registering is permitted only 30 days before the hike date. Names are not taken any earlier and registration usually ends by the Thursday before that hike. Please only register yourself and family/friend. Do not register an entire outdoor group, each group member must individually call the park themselves.

How much is this hike, how and when do I pay? The tour is $12.00 regardless of age and currently we can only take the payment the day of that scheduled hike. The park accepts American-currency only, personal check, credit card (except American Express).

Where do the preregistered hikers meet and at what time? You should arrive at the Headquarters Building between 8-8:20 am, process and make payment of the appropriate fees (entry, camping and hike separate).

When is the hike cancelled and will it get rescheduled? Rapid and changing severe weather is the major factor in the decision to cancel the hike which include: rain/wet conditions or other declared hazardous/unsafe activity. Advance notice maybe possible. In the event of a cancellation, hikes are not rescheduled.

What do I bring for the tour? You are responsible for yourself, bring snacks (time does not allow for a long break). and water. Please plan accordingly to the current weather conditions and dress appropriately.

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December 1, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD)


Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
P.O. Box 820
Comstock, TX 78837 United States
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