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First Day Full Moon Hike

Finish out the first day of the year with a full moon hike.  We'll enjoy the sights and sounds of Government Canyon at night and look for nocturnal creatures. 

Who Is Invited

Open to ages 10 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 & Fees

Registration is required for EACH participant.  All Natural Area entry fees apply; please stop at the self-pay area to the right of the Fee Booth to self-pay. Correct change is required or you may pay by check: $6 per person ages 13 and over; 12 and under are free.  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 & Where to Meet

Arrive by 5:45 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 & Bring

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


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.


This program is subject to cancellation.  Should there be inclement weather, please check Natural Area conditions by calling GCSNA's main office at 210-688-9055 after 7:30 am, or by going to the GCSNA twitter feed or the Friends of Government Canyon Facebook page.    

For more information about this program, email

Earlier Event: January 1
First Day Hike to Bluff Spurs
Later Event: January 6
Guided Hike to the Protected Habitat