Government Canyon State
Natural Area: Bluff Spurs
Imagine an area ten times as large as New York City's Central Park with 36 miles of trails . . . that's
Government Canyon State Natural Area. Walk on the geological fault that separates the Edwards Plat-
eau and the blackland prairie ecosystem. Scramble down steep limestone outcrops, misleadingly called
steps. View 80-foot canyon walls created by Government Creek.
Distance: 3.2-mile loop, including the feeder trail from the trailhead
Approximate hiking time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy except for a few rocky uphill sections
Trail surface: Dirt; rocky limestone outcrop
Best seasons: Sept through June
Other trail users: None
Canine compatibility: Dogs not permitted anywhere in the backcountry
Land status: State natural area, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Fees and permits: Fee required, or use the State Parks Pass. A trail permit is required.
Schedule: Open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday through Monday (closed Tuesday through
Thursday). Access to backcountry trails closes at 4:00 p.m.; access to frontcountry trails
closes at 5:00 p.m. Protected Habitat Area trails close March 1 to Sept 1. Laurel Canyon
Trail is closed.
Maps: Trail maps are available in the park office. Maps also available on the Web at
www.tpwd.state.tx.us; USGS Helotes
Trail contacts: Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Galm Rd., San Antonio
78254; (210) 688-9055