Imagine a natural haven where your family can spend the day exploring, hiking, picnicking or just relaxing. A place with beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife to observe. That is Government Canyon! Located in Comal County near New Braunfels, TX, this park offers something for everyone. Whether you’re an avid hiker looking for adventure or someone who prefers to be on flat ground – there are trails for both levels of experience at Government Canyon State Natural Area. With over 30 miles of trails to explore it’s easy to see why so many people call this their “happy place.”
Why is it called “Government Canyon”?
In the early 1850s, the Army contracted with Lt. Col. Joe Johnston to survey a supply route through the northwest part of Bexar County. The Army wanted a more efficient route between what is now Fort Sam Houston and outlying military posts. Johnston spent time surveying up the creek that runs through our canyon. Locals began to refer to “that government road” that was being built in “the government’s canyon.” The name stuck.
Things to Do in Government Canyon
- Sightseeing (Wildlife Watching)
- Fishing – Trail Closures*
- Mountain Biking – Trail Closure*
- Camping Grounds- Reservations Required*
There are hundreds of miles of well-maintained hiking and mountain bike trails for you to explore. Some can only be accessed through these designated paths, so make sure to check the trail map before your trek! Take a walk back in time on our Joe Johnston Route with stops at landmarks like 110 million year old dinosaur tracks or take one last hike up Far Reaches Trail for great views overlooking Chula Vista and Sotol Peak or to the North and South Bluff Spurs.
Campsites in Government Canyon
If you’re looking to camp, come see our campsites in Government Canyon. We offer a variety of camping sites for $25-$60 per night with reservations required and some discounts available on National Park Service Passes for active duty military members or veterans.
Camping is only allowed in designated areas such as the Oak Grove Campground located near North Bluff Trailhead at an elevation of 1800 feet above sea level and accessible from Highway 54/153 between mile markers 12-14 just east of Chula Vista. The Sotol Tent Campground offers 15 individual tent spaces shaded by large stools that are perfect for those who want peace and tranquility without having to feel too far away from civilization!
For those who prefer more of a glamping experience, there are yurts and teepees available for nightly rentals. These comfy shelters provide the perfect night’s stay after hiking or biking on some of Government Canyon’s many trails. Teepee rates start at $60 per night with an additional cost for bedding while yurt rates start at $25 per person (with up to six people allowed) including linens and pillow ahead in advance from visitor center located near Highway 54/153 between mile markers 12-d obtained before making your reservation! A camping permit needs too!
Government Canyon Protecting Water
Since the government is privatizing water, you may not be able to drink it. But luckily there’s a place where you can go and safely enjoy some delicious, refreshing water: Government Canyon!
Government Canyon is the largest, most pristine protected natural area in Texas! It’s not only a beautiful place to spend time with your family but also an important protector of drinking water for over two million people. Government Canyon has nine different habitats that include wildlife and plants from various geographic regions including deserts, forests, grasslands and more!
If you’re looking for a family-friendly destination in Texas, look no further than Government Canyon State Natural Area. This park has something to offer everyone – whether it’s the beautiful scenery or the wildlife viewing opportunities that will make your day complete. Visit us and explore our trails today!
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