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Government Canyon

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Address: 12861 Galm Road, San Antonio, TX 78254
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+1 210-688-9055
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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This park just outside San Antonio is a little more than 8,600 acres.

This park just outside San Antonio is a little more than 8,600 acres.

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State Park

I've visited San Antonio three times and had heard of the park with dinosaur tracks so this time I vowed to visit. It's very rustic, more a wilderness than what one would think of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 December 2016
DoloresJacoby
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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San Antonio, Texas
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88 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We have been meaning to get our pass renewed for the year so New Years day was the perfect weather to do just that. We took our Motorcycle out to sign for a Texas parks pass for a year. Did a little walking around some trails just to see what the park had to offer. It has beginner trails and... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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1,104 reviews
517 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 814 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

I've visited San Antonio three times and had heard of the park with dinosaur tracks so this time I vowed to visit. It's very rustic, more a wilderness than what one would think of as a state park with amenities. Be sure to take water as it's hot even in November. There are 12,000 acres of land which is one... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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118 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I visited the park with eight friends on a warm October day. At the advice of a park ranger, we took the Joe Johnston Route to its junction with the Wildcat Canyon Trail (0.84 miles), then followed Wildcat Canyon to its end (1.64 miles). We went a little further on the Far Reaches Trail to the Sotol Overlook that was... More 

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New York City, New York
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124 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

There are plenty of trails and this is great for someone who is more interested in covering ground than seeing anything very interesting. Not much to see but the surroundings, no hills with views.

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Thank mthreecubed
Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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261 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

This park is a good place to get away from the city without having to travel too much as it is quite close to the city. It has quite a few trails of different difficulty. As the landscape is rather flat and not too varied do not expect spectaculair views. However a very nice park, quite clean and not too... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

Delightful park with an excellent information centre with an eco message. Didn't quite make it to the dinosaur footprints - be prepared for a 3hr hike if you want to see them. The overlook trails were very pretty covered in spring flowers. Be sure to check out the Geocaching options in this park.

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Houston, Texas
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

Went for a day of hiking with my pup. Got there and found out that dogs are only allowed on the "Front Country" part of the park and not in the "Back Country" where all the good trails are. We were disappointed about that but hiked anyway. We took Lytles Trail and it was a lonnnngggg boring trail. It was... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

It was a quiet Presidents Day. I decided to visit this nature preserve that is 21 miles from my home. The road and parking facilities on the park for day users are very appropriate. The map is clear and informative giving information on the length and level of difficulty of the trails. The park trails are clearly marked and varied.... More 

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San Antonio, TX
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53 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Did a recent trip with a guide to look at the many great tracks in the area. The guide was very knowledgeable and very nice to everyone. The tracks were great too! Recommend it to everyone who can walk about 5 miles total.

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Victoria, Texas
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129 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016 via mobile

This is a great, well kept place with lots of hiking at multiple levels. The beauty was primarily hill country scenery....rocks, trees, cypress. The trails were well marked. 40 miles of terrain. Too many bikes on the trails. Paths returning to parking lot not CLEAR. Parking not adjacent to camp sites. We like to camp in the car sometimes and... More 

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