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Government Canyon State Natural Area


Established in 2005, Government Canyon State Natural Area is 18 square miles of rugged hills and canyons typical of the Texas Hill Country.

12861 Galm Rd
San Antonio TX 78254

Phone: 210/688-9055

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Government Canyon State Natural Area is an approximately 8,624-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 park opened to the public on October 15th, 2005.

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.

Area Attractions:
Nearby attractions include Casa Navarro State Historic Site, Landmark Inn State Historic Site Bed & Breakfast, Hill Country State Natural Area, The Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (four Spanish frontier missions operated by the National Park Service), Sea World, and Fiesta Texas.

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

Natural Features:
Trees such as Mountain Laurel, Ashe Juniper, Mesquite and Live Oak abound, as well as Mexican Buckeye, Lindheimer’s Silk-Tassel and Escarpment Black Cherry. Steep slopes provide scenic overlooks of the surrounding Bexar County and glimpses of San Antonio. Rare birds such as the Golden-cheeked Warbler can be found. Geologically, the Natural Area lies on the Balcones Escarpment, an area of deeply entrenched canyons that defines the eastern boundary of the Edwards Plateau. Approximately 88% of the Natural Area overlays the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. The remaining acreage overlies the transition zone for water recharge.

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.



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