ElevationAscent: 66' 20 m
Descent: -44' -13 m
High: 1,204' 367 m
Low: 1,150' 350 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)
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“An easy diversion overlooking the Hill Country and Government Canyon's popular dinosaur tracks.”— Brendan Ross
Admission for visitors 13 years and older is $6. Overnight camping is available.
Pets are allowed on the frontcountry trails only (Savannah Loo...
San Antonio experiences hot, humid summers and mild winters. The months of June to September often experience highs in the triple digits. Plan around the hottest parts of the day and bring plenty of water, as none is available away from the trailheads. Also be sure to pack out any waste produced during a visit; the SNA overlays the Edwards Aquifer and all runoff will eventually end up in the city's water supply.
Cougars, bobcats and rattlesnakes are part of the wildlife. Cougar sightings are uncommon but a potential danger; they are most active at dusk and sunrise. If out on the trail at these times, avoid running alone, and keep children and pets close at hand.
It's a short, low grade climb to an opening on top of a bluff around the quarter mile point. Here, runners can experience an outstanding panorama of the Hill Country. Heading off the trail a few feet also leads to a bird's eye view of the dinosaur tracks along Joe Johnston Route. Use caution, as there is no barrier to prevent a fall, and the bluff is fifty to sixty feet high.
After enjoying the view, continue along the trail to the north. The remainder of the route is a bit more rocky, but also more shaded. Watch for tree roots and a few low-hanging branches.
Two thirds of a mile in, the trail turns southeast and heads back to Joe Johnston Route. It ends at another marker, directly across from the Zizelmann House.
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Local Club: Friends of Government Canyon