Government Canyon State Natural Area

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Government Canyon State Natural Area

Texas

(210) 688-9055

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Overview

Government Canyon State Natural Area is an approximately 8,622-acre area in Bexar County, just outside San Antonio. The State Natural Area was purchased by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1993, in cooperation with Edwards Aquifer Authority (formerly Edwards Underground Water District), San Antonio Water System, the Trust for Public Land and the federal government Land and Water Conservation Fund. The canyon was on the "Joe Johnston" Road from San Antonio to Bandera which was blazed by the military at Ft. Sam Houston in the 1850s. The canyon is a part of the rich ranching history of Texas. The park opened to the public on October 15th, 2005.

The Natural Area is still being developed. Some facilities and trails are under construction. The Natural Area Headquarters Visitor Center has an exhibit hall and a Texas State Park Store with numerous gift and educational items. Other facilities include a group picnic pavilion with 10 picnic sites nearby and rest rooms. All buildings and two of the picnic sites are accessible. An accessible nature trail is planned for future development. Wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available for park visitors to use.

Map of Government Canyon State Natural Area (TX)

Latitude, Longitude: 29.571964, -98.787346

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Activities

  • Hiking

    The Protected Habitat Area trails are open annually September through February. All other trails are open all year. All pets are restricted to the Frontcountry trails. Currently there is no equestrian use pending further trail work to allow safe access. Contact the natural area for more information prior to arrival as trails may be closed due to inclement weather or poor trail conditions.

  • Picnicking

    There is a group picnic pavilion with 10 picnic sites nearby and rest rooms. All buildings and two of the picnic sites are accessible.

Seasonality/Weather

Day use only. No camping or overnight use is allowed. Open Friday-Monday and closed Tuesday-Thrusday. The front gate is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Protected Habitat Area trails are open annually September through February. All other trails are open all year.

Directions

Driving

From the intersection of Loop 1604 and Culebra Road (also known as FM 471 - back road to Castroville), travel west 3.5 miles to Galm Road. Turn north (right) on Galm and travel 1.6 miles; gate with signs on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(210) 688-9055

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