Government Canyon

State Natural Area - Texas

Government Canyon State Natural Area preserves rugged hills and canyons typical of the Texas Hill Country. The reserve is located in northwestern Bexar County, and protects a large, relatively pristine tract of Hill Country terrain, numerous and diverse species of plants & wildlife, the upper Culebra Creek/Leon Creek watershed, and a critical aquifer recharge zone for the San Antonio Water System. The park is open to the public 4 days (Fri. – Mon.) each week, weather permitting, and offers 40 miles (64 km) of hiking/biking trails, with over 500 feet (150 m) of elevation change found within the reserve's boundaries.

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Government Canyon SNA https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/government-canyon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_Canyon_State_Natural_Area Government Canyon State Natural Area preserves rugged hills and canyons typical of the Texas Hill Country. The reserve is located in northwestern Bexar County, and protects a large, relatively pristine tract of Hill Country terrain, numerous and diverse species of plants & wildlife, the upper Culebra Creek/Leon Creek watershed, and a critical aquifer recharge zone for the San Antonio Water System. The park is open to the public 4 days (Fri. – Mon.) each week, weather permitting, and offers 40 miles (64 km) of hiking/biking trails, with over 500 feet (150 m) of elevation change found within the reserve's boundaries.
For assistance using this map, contact the park. Government Canyon #TxStateParks State Natural Area nR out e TexasStateParks.org/App General Information: /texasparksandwildlife Sendero Balcones rs pu lu B S ff State Parks Store BACKCOUNTRY Gallery Pay Station il Recharge Tra Trailhead HikingTrail LOT B Cre Interpretive Trail FRONTCOUNTRY v’ t Ca ny on Biking Trail ek Picnic Area Group Picnic Pavilion Amphitheater va Sa Nature Playscape ah nn 4.74 i. m Loo p– rvic Rd Sha en Rd field Cule bra Rd T-shirts, caps and one-of-a-kind gift items are available at the Texas State Parks Store located in our natural area visitor center. 5 TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. © 2020 TPWD PWD MP P4505-165C (2/20) Texas State Parks Store Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. eR d Inland Fisheries Office Natural Area Entrance To F M GA LM PARK RESERVATIONS TexasStateParks.org ParquesDeTexas.org 15 60 RO For after hours problems or emergencies, contact the San Antonio Police Department at (210) 207-7273, or dial 9-1-1. AD RO AD 471 9 Se Rd 12861 Galm Road San Antonio, Texas 78254 (210) 688-9055 LM 13 No pets No biking To Cu le (FM bra R 471 d. GA ) 6 1604 Ga lm Ga lm 11 N Intermittent Creek (subject to flooding) Lytle ’s 14 1560 G12 Maintenance mi. oad ice R 12 Serv 2. d 10 8 Camp Hosts 4 oa #2 R #1 3 – ea Ar 1 al 2 d aR er nd Ba GCSNA LOT D 7 211 G15 16 18 op ur 16 25 17 19 at 22 Parking Lo 23 24 N 20 21 Shower Wheelchair Accessible ek LOT A Restrooms Primitive Sites (Walk-in) LOT C Go • Let others know your plans. If alone, leave details visible from your vehicle. • Stay on designated trails. Protect yourself, wildlife, and vegetation. • Know your limits. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear a hat and take plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen. • People average two miles per hour while hiking. Take at least one full quart of water per hour of activity. Volunteer/ Urban Wildlife Office e Cr on any SEE INSET Stay safe. Know before you go. Plan ahead and be prepared: @TPWDparks @texasparkswildlife Visitor Center Discovery Trail s ard Edwquifer A arge h RecZone @GovtCanyon LEGEND C rel Lau Gates are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The Visitor Center/SNA Store is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Entrance fee is required. Pavilion and Gallery may be reserved for group events. Walk-in tent camping available by reservation on Friday and Saturday nights. Quiet hours begin at 10:00 p.m. Fires permitted in designated fire rings and grills only. Public consumption or display of alcohol is prohibited. /governmentcanyonstatenaturalarea NO PETS allowed in the Backcountry Joe Johnsto As a State Natural Area, the principal mission of Government Canyon is protection of the natural environment. Please help us to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit by everyone today and help us protect this special place for generations to come. • • • • • • • • #BetterOutside (512) 389-8900 Proud Sponsor of Texas State Parks
Government Canyon State Natural Area Trails Map 12861 Galm Rd. San Antonio, TX 78254 (210) 688-9055 www.texasstateparks.org In case of emergency, call the GCSNA headquarters at (210) 688-9055; or dial 9-1-1. Protected Habitat Area Open Only September through February. LEGEND Scenic Overlook Restrooms Primitive Toilet Parking Visitor Center Fee Station Picnic Area Nature Playscape Tent Camping Trailhead FRONTCOUNTRY Hiking/Biking Trails: Lytle’s Loop Savannah Loop BACKCOUNTRY Hiking Only Trails: Discovery Trail Bluff Spurs Overlook Trail Hiking/Biking Trails: Caroline’s Loop Far Reaches Joe Johnston Route Little Windmill Recharge Trail Sendero Balcones Twin Oaks Wildcat Canyon PROTECTED HABITAT AREA (Open Sept.–Feb. ONLY) Hiking Only (Seasonal) Trails: Black Hill Loop Cave Creek La Subida Sendero Travesero NOTES: All trails allow hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated. Biking is prohibited in the Protected Habitat Area, on Overlook Trail and on Bluff Spurs. Pets allowed in Frontcountry only. POINTS OF INTEREST (GPS coordinates shown in degrees, minutes, seconds) 1 SAVANNAH RESTORATION AREA 29°32’48.00”N 98°45’12.03”W Here we’re using proven land management techniques to give a native grass savannah a fighting chance to re-establish its “home turf.” 2 WILDCAT CANYON RANCH BUILDINGS 29°33’33.69”N 98°45’46.73”W Imagine this land as a working ranch, as evidenced by a pole barn, corral, stock tank and windmill. 3 DINOSAUR TRACKS 29°34’57.34”N 98°45’55.96”W Created when this area was the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, see the footprints left by creatures that roamed here 110 million years ago. 4 ZIZELMANN HOUSE 29°35’05.51”N 98°45’43.46”W Named for the family of German bakers who are believed to have built it in 1882, this iconic building stands as testimony to the remoteness of life in the 1880s. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Magnetic Declination 4 degrees east Contour intervals are 20 feet. Trail lengths are in miles. Elevation levels are in feet. No claims are made to the accuracy of the data or its suitability to a particular use. Map compiled by Texas State Parks staff. © 2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD MP P4505-0165E (7/19) In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Government Canyon State Natural Area Discover a quiet wilderness surprisingly close to San Antonio. Nearly 40 miles of trails beckon you to explore the canyonlands and grasslands of Government Canyon State Natural Area. Join us in our mission of protecting highly sensitive ecosystems by observing proper trail etiquette as you explore. TRAIL DISTANCE SAVANNAH LOOP TIME DIFFICULTY DESCRIPTION 2.1 mi. 1 - 1.5 (Round Trip) hrs. Easy Begins and ends at the Frontcountry Trailhead. This is a good choice for walking the dog or taking the kids for a leisurely stroll. LYTLE’S LOOP 4.7 mi. 2.5 - 3.5 (Round Trip) hrs. Easy – Moderate Begins and ends at the Frontcountry Trailhead. Keep a watchful eye for a chance sighting of the Rio Grande wild turkey, northern bobwhite quail and white-tailed deer that call this savannah home. NORTH BLUFF SPURS OVERLOOK 3.4 mi. 1.5 - 2 (Round Trip) hrs. Moderate This staff favorite begins at the Backcountry Trailhead. A short hike up the JJR Trail, take the Recharge Trail to Bluff Spurs Trail, to North Bluff Spurs Overlook, to Sendero Balcones Trail, to Recharge Trail, and back to the trailhead. After an easy start, the trail climbs up the Edwards Plateau, leading to a limestone bluff with a majestic view of Government Canyon. JOE JOHNSTON ROUTE (Zizelmann House and back) 4.0 mi. 3-5 (Round Trip) hrs. Moderate Challenging Begins at the Backcountry Trailhead; leads to Zizelmann House and back. This historic 1850s route has lots to discover. Notice the change in vegetation as you hike northward. Especially challenging in the summer months, take plenty of water, wear sun protection, and pace yourself. WILDCAT CANYON and SENDERO BALCONES LOOP 5.2 mi. 2.5 - 3 (Round Trip) hrs. Challenging Begins at the Backcountry Trailhead; leads to Wildcat Canyon Trail, to Sendero Balcones Trail, to Recharge Trail, to JJR Trail, and back. This rugged route takes you
texas parks and wildlife Interpretive Guide to: GOVERNMENT CANYON STATE NATURAL AREA IT’S ALL ABOUT WATER AT GOVERNMENT CANYON STATE NATURAL AREA. AS A KARST PRESERVE, WE’RE HELPING PROTECT THE QUALITY AND SUPPLY OF FRESH WATER FOR CENTRAL TEXAS. AS A STATE As a State Natural Area, our primary mission at Government Canyon is protection of our natural and cultural resources, including the Recharge Zone and accompanying karst landscape, wildlife habitat, native plants, sensitive archeological areas, ancient dinosaur tracks, and more. We encourage you to get to know our site. Attend an interpretive program, go on one of our many hikes, join our family of volunteers or simply stop a staff member and have a chat! You’ll gain a greater appreciation of your natural area and you may even want to get involved in some of the ways we’re working to make a difference for all Texans at Government Canyon. NATURAL AREA, OUR MISSION IS PRESERVING THIS KARST ENVIRONMENT AS WELL AS MANY OTHER NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES FOUND HERE, Government Canyon State Natural Area 12861 Galm Road, San Antonio, Texas 78254 (210) 688-9055 www.tpwd.texas.gov/governmentcanyon/ INCLUDING ENDANGERED SPECIES HABITAT, DINOSAUR TRACKS, AND MANY HISTORIC SITES. Proud Sponsor of Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs © 2017 TPWD. PWD BR P4505-0165A (7/17) In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TDD) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. G O V E R N M E N T C A N Y O N S T A T E N A T U R A L A R E A IT’S ALL ABOUT WATER Water has shaped the stories of this landscape from the beginning. Around 110 million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period, water brought dinosaurs here. Two kinds of ancient giants left their tracks along what was a beach, remnants of the Gulf of Mexico’s early reaches. Today, you can take a strenuous hike to a creek bed to see the tracks of theropods, carnivorous dinosaurs that walked on two legs, and the much-larger sauropods, who walked on four column-like legs. Karst features of the Recharge Zone do not filter the water, making the aquifer vulnerable to pollution and contamination. WHAT IS KARST? In San Antonio, most of our fresh water comes from only one source: the Edwards Aquifer. Rain recharges this aquifer when it falls on a karst landscape. “Karst” describes a landscape where rainwater dissolves a type of limestone, forming connected cavities. These passageways allow for the movement and subterranean storage of that same rainwater. Karst helps rainwater find its way underground. The Edwards Aquifer has three zones: the Contributing, Recharge, and Artesian zones. The Contributing Zone catches rain falling on the canyons and plateaus and moves it downhill to the Recharge Zone. There, karst features like cracks and caves swallow vast amounts of water, allowing for rapid recharge of the aquifer. Underground water flows to the Artesian Zone through a series of connected spaces, ranging from tiny pores to large caverns. Finally, the rainwater discharges as a natural spring, or is removed through man-made wells. Government Canyon State Natural Area protects thousands of acres of Recharge Zone, as well as portions of Contributing and Artesian zones. View toward the San Antonio skyline from Chula Vista Overlook. Much later, Native Americans passed through the canyon, temporarily camping near springs. By the 1700s, European immigrants began exploring the canyon’s floodplain area, looking for minerals and farmland. In the early 1850s, government surveyors established a military supply route through this area. The locals’ nickname for the project—the “government road” that was being built through the “government’s canyon”—stuck, and we call it Government Canyon to this day. The clear springs, fertile floodplains and lush grasslands attracted and supported farming and ranching in this area from 1860 until relatively recently. Families like the Hoffmanns, Kallisons and Zizelmanns depended on the supply of fresh water to support their livelihood. Growing awareness of San Antonio’s dependence on the aquifer’s fresh water caused concern about development over the Recharge Zone in the 1980s. Water started connecting people through common causes. Civic and environmental groups formed the Government Canyon Coalition in 1991, hoping to purchase this property and protect a sectio
TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE BIRDS OF GOVERNMENT CSTATE ANATURALN AREAYANDOVICINITYN A FIELD CHECKLIST 2017 Cover: Illustration of Lark Sparrow by Clemente Guzman III. INTRODUCTION G overnment Canyon State Natural Area preserves over 12,000 acres of land, most of which protects a portion of the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. Most of Government Canyon lies within the limestone hills of the Edwards Plateau, where steep slopes wooded with mature Ashe juniper and live oak play host to the endemic and endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. Large elm, pecan, sycamore, cottonwood and walnut trees grow along the bottom of canyons. This portion of the Natural Area, known as the Backcountry, attracts western, arid species such as the Canyon Wren and Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay. In the warmer months Summer Tanagers, Black-and-white Warblers, and Zone-tailed Hawks can be found. The southern portion of the Natural Area lies below the escarpment and is relatively level with a mix of Blackland Prairie and juniper/oak savanna habitat. Here, in what is known as the Frontcountry, you are more likely to spot some of your favorite “backyard” birds. The open habitat attracts species such as Meadowlarks, Dickcissels, Vermilion Flycatchers, and Lark Sparrows. Many of the birds in this area can be found in multi-species foraging flocks. When trails are closed due to rain, the roadways, Visitor Center, and campground are still great places to find birds, including some of nature’s showiest species such as the Northern Cardinal, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, and Yellow-breasted Chat. The Visitor Center’s location near the interchange of the Frontcountry and Backcountry means that species from both habitat types can be spotted. This checklist was compiled by Kelsey Woodward with help from the Birds of Bexar County Checklist by San Antonio Audubon Society, and from observations and input by Steve Hawkins, Georgina Schwartz, Helen Rejzek, Dodge and Lorna Engleman, Bob Doe, Keith Bartels, and Mark Lockwood. You can contribute to this checklist by reporting new and unusual sightings or changes in status. You may report your sightings at the natural area headquarters or mail them to the Natural Resource Program, Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Galm Road, San Antonio, TX 78254. Nomenclature and organization for this checklist follow the 7th edition of the American Ornithologists Union Checklist of North American Birds as currently supplemented. 1 Please help us protect the natural avian communities in our parks by refraining from using playback tapes of bird songs. Frequent use of these tapes disrupts essential territorial behavior and may lead to nest failure. Thank you for your cooperation. LEGEND Seasons Sp = spring (March, April, May) S = summer (June, July, August) F = fall (September, October, November) W = winter (December, January, February) Abundance c = Common (Present, easy to find) f = Fairly common (Present, should see or hear) u = Uncommon (Present, harder to find) r = Rare (May not occur every year) 2 CHECKLIST Sp S F W ___ Black-bellied Whistling Duck....................... u u u r ___ Northern Bobwhite...................................... u u u u ___ Wild Turkey................................................. u u u u ___ Rock Pigeon................................................ u u u u ___ Eurasian Collared-Dove............................... r r r r ___ Inca Dove.................................................... f f f u ___ Common Ground-Dove................................ c c c c ___ White-winged Dove...................................... c c c c ___ Mourning Dove............................................ c c c c ___ Yellow-billed Cuckoo................................... c c c ___ Greater Roadrunner.................................... c c c ___ Lesser Nighthawk......................................... u u u ___ Common Nighthawk.................................... c c c ___ Common Pauraque...................................... r r r ___ Chuck-will’s-widow...................................... f f f ___ Chimney Swift.............................................. f f f ___ Ruby-throated Hummingbird....................... u r u ___ Black-chinned Hummingbird...................... c c u u r ___ Rufous Hummingbird.................................. r ___ Sandhill Crane............................................. r ___ Killdeer........................................................ c c c c ___ Upland Sandpiper........................................ r ___ American Woodcock................................... r ___ Wood Stork................................................. r ___ Great Blue Heron......................................... r u r ___ Great Egret.................................................. r r r ___ Snowy Egret................................................. r ___ Green He
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Guía de Parques INSTALACIONES Descarga la Aplicacíon Móvil MAPAS ACTIVIDADES texasstateparks.org/app ¡Los niños entran gratis! La entrada es gratis para los niños de 12 años y menores. Encuentra un parque: parquesdetexas.org Contenido Estero Llano Grande SP 2 4 6 8 9 10 18 Actividades y Programas Parques Cercanos Lugares para Quedarse Tarifas y Pases Directorio Mapa de Parques Instalaciones y Actividades BIENVENIDO Rodney Franklin, Director de Parques Texas tiene algunas de las tierras públicas más diversas del país, con una gran riqueza natural y cultural. La vida silvestre está por todas partes, los paisajes florecen con belleza, y la historia es abundante. Sus parques estatales son parte del legado que nos enorgullece. La gente de Texas ayuda a asegurar ese legado para las generaciones futuras al visitar y ser voluntarios. ¡Gracias! Estos más de 630,000 acres exhiben algunos de los grandes tesoros del estado. Los parques nos ayudan a crear recuerdos con la familia y a encontrar consuelo en la naturaleza. Los parques fortalecen las economías locales y unen a las comunidades. Sobre todo, los parques nos permiten pasar tiempo al aire libre para recargar energías, estar saludables y relajarnos a nuestra manera. Les invito a disfrutar de sus parques estatales, explorando lo mejor de Texas con amigos y familia. Los parques están aquí para todos. Nos pertenecen a todos. ¡Visítelos, diviértase y ayude a protegerlos para siempre! Foto de portada: Estero Llano State Park, Chase Fountain © 2021 TPWD PWD BK P4000-000A (5/21) TPWD recibe fondos del Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU. (USFWS por sus siglas en ingles). TPWD prohíbe la discriminación por raza, color, religión, nacionalidad de origen, discapacidad, edad y género, conforme la ley estatal y federal. Para solicitar un acomodo especial u obtener información en un formato alternativo, por favor contacte a TPWD en un Teléfono de Texto (TTY) al (512) 3898915 ó por medio de “Relay Texas” al 7-1-1 ó (800) 735-2989 ó por email a accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. Si usted cree que TPWD ha discriminado en su contra, favor de comunicarse con TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, o con el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU., Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. De acuerdo con la Ley de Depósito del Estado de Texas, esta publicación está disponible en el centro de Distribución de Publicaciones del Estado de Texas y/o las Bibliotecas de Depósito de Texas. ACTIVIDADES Y PROGRAMAS ¿Qué puedo hacer en los parques estatales? ¡Disfruta de un día de campo, visita un sitio histórico o elige entre muchas otras opciones! Bicicletas Pedalea a lo largo de los parques a cualquier velocidad, en cualquier estilo, con cualquier grupo. Elige las rutas, el tipo de terreno y las distancias que cumplan con tu zona de confort. Caminatas Empieza con un circuito más corto, avanza a terrenos más difíciles o únete a una caminata guiada. Pescar Puedes pescar sin licencia en tantos como 70 parques estatales. Muchos parques ofrecen equipo para pescar a manera de préstamo y eventos especiales para aprender a pescar. Barcos Renta canoas y kayacs y explora uno de los senderos acuáticos en Texas. Nadar Animales Silvestres Acampar Descubre aves, mamíferos y plantas que tienen su hogar en Texas. Muchos parques tienen señalamientos y listados que te ayudan a aprender más. Encuentra un lugar que cumpla con lo que quieres. Prueba nuevas recetas, comparte historias favoritas y disfruta de las estrellas. 2 Más información y reservaciones: parquesdetexas.org Escape del calor en arroyos, ríos, lagos, manantiales, piletas y playas del mar. Tu seguridad en el agua es muy importante. Lleva el chaleco salvavidas. Aprende a nadar. Guarda a los niños. (512) 389-8900 ¡Pregunta en tu parque cuáles están disponibles! Los niños de 12 años y menores entran GRATIS Cielos Estrellados Escapa de las luces de la ciudad y goza de maravillosas vistas del cielo que no encontrarás en ninguna otra parte. Ven a una fiesta de estrellas o toma una excursión de constelaciones auto-guiada. Familias en la Naturaleza Elige un taller o diseña tu propia aventura. ¡Monta una tienda de campaña, cocina al exterior, prende una fogata y juega al exterior! Nosotros te Toma una publicación gratuita de actividades o pregunta por los paquetes gratuitos con los parques proporcionamos todo el equipo. No es necesario tener experiencia. participantes. Usa los binoculares, lupas, libros de bosquejos y libros de guías para explorar el parque. Mochilas para Exploradores Soldados Búfalo de Texas Descubre la historia con cuentos, vestuarios y herramientas. Sigue la pista de un animal, pesca con caña, cocina sobre una fogata, visita los fuertes y más. Adéntrate en las historias de vida de aquellos que sirvieron valientemente en los primeros regimientos Áfrico-Americanos de las Fuerzas Armadas. ! Seguridad en el Parque Ten cuidado con el agua Pr

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