We will hike approximately 8 miles on rocky terrain so wear shoes appropriate for hiking on loose rocky trails. During the summer months bring appropriate hydration systems (water pack, bottled water, etc...) and dress appropriately for the weather.
We will hike at a moderate pace (about 3.3 mph) so please know your capabilities.
We will depart the ranger station at 08:00 so please arrive on time and pay at the pay booth by the entrance.
Things to Do
Government Canyon State Natural Area has more than 40 miles of hiking and biking trails that range from remote rugged canyon lands to gently rolling grasslands. Natural Area visitors may enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including, picnicking, hiking, biking, trail running, geocaching, regularly scheduled guided hikes, and ranger programs. Some of the monthly hikes/programs include: Hike the Canyon, Explore the Canyon, and Family Fun. For those looking for a place to go bird watching, Government Canyon is a good place to find the elusive and endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler.
Contact the natural area or visit their Facebook page prior to arrival, as trails may be closed due to poor conditions or weather.
The Natural Area normally allows overnight camping on Fridays and Saturdays only; additional camping nights are available on many holidays.There are regular walk-in (50-60 yards) campsites, and two group walk-in campsites that allow up to sixteen persons per site, Read the September 5, 2012 news release, "Government Canyon State Natural Area to Open Campground".
Government Canyon State Natural Area is a highly sensitive ecosystem that needs your help to remain pristine. To reduce the human impact on the natural area please follow the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics. Government Canyon state natural area is an official Leave No Trace partner.