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National Trails Day Guided Hikes

Friends of Government Canyon State Natural Area will host three guided hikes in celebration of American Hiking Society's annual National Trails Day, a nationally recognized trail awareness program.  The program inspires the public to discover, learn about and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics and trail stewardship projects. 

Hikes will be led by volunteers of the Natural Area.  Three hikes are being offered: Bluff Spurs (3 miles), Dinosaur Tracks (6 miles) and Far Reaches/Wildcat Canyon (5 miles).  Each hike is over rocky, uneven terrain with some elevation change.     

Who is Invited

Open to ages 10 and older; minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Registration & Fees

Registration required for EACH participant.  Sorry, no group registrations. All Natural Area entry fees apply.

When & Where to Meet

Arrive by 7:45 am.  Meet near the rainwater harvesting 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 appropriately; sunscreen and hat recommended.  Wear sturdy footwear appropriate for rough trails; bring two liters of water PER PERSON and a snack.  


Participants should be able to hike the number of miles listed for the chosen hike.  Group size is limited to 12. Reservations required and will be accepted through noon June 1, 2018.  No pets please. 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: May 19
Explore the Canyon
Later Event: June 2
Hot Dog Pop-Up Event