Texas Hill Country Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

San Antonio : Government Canyon State Natural Area

Photo by TPWD

The canyon was on the Joe Johnston Road from San Antonio to Bandera, which was blazed by the military at Fort Sam Houston in the 1850s, and is a part of the rich ranching history of Texas. Visitors may enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including, picnicking, hiking, biking, trail running, geochaching, regularly scheduled guided hikes, and ranger programs. Some of the monthly hikes/programs include: Haiku Hike, 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.


  • 12861 Galm Rd
  • San Antonio , Texas
  • 78254


Hours & Fees

  • Friday-Monday, 7 a.m.- 10 p.m

  • Adult: $6, Children (12 Years and Under): Free