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Things That Go Bump in the Night

Join a ranger and explore Government Canyon at night.  We'll learn about the creatures that come out when it's dark, and hopefully we'll see and hear a few along the way.  

Who Is Invited

Open to ages 12 and older; participants under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Participants should be able to hike 3 miles; round trip; over rugged but beautiful trails with some elevation gain.

Registration and Fees

Registration required for EACH participant.  Sorry, no group registrations. All Natural Area entry fees apply; please stop at the self-pay area next to the right of the Fee Booth to self-pay.   Correct change is required: $6 per person ages 13 and older; 12 and under are free. You may pay by check, but note that credit cards are NOT accepted when self-paying. If you have a Texas State Park Pass, please enter the number on the appropriate line of the self-pay envelope.

When and Where to Meet

Arrive by 6:45 PM. Meet near the rainwater tower next to the Visitor's Center.  Plan ahead, as the Natural Area often experiences heavy visitation and wait time at the fee booth.

What to Wear and Bring

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.  Bring at least a quart of water, a snack if you like, and your flashlight. 


Group size is limited to 15.  No pets please.  Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian.  To reduce human impact on the Natural Area, please follow the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics.


In the event of inclement weather, this program is subject to cancellation.  Check trail conditions by calling GCSNA’s main office at 210-688-9055 after 7:30AM, going to the GCSNA twitter feed or the Friends of Government Canyon Facebook page .  For more information about this program, email


Earlier Event: October 28
Halloween Fair at Government Canyon
Later Event: November 4
Adult Basic Wilderness Survival