Enchanted Rock Trail Building Project Day – December 17

Join The Friends of Enchanted Rock for one of their Trail Building Projects at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The projects focus on the severely eroded and impacted trails at the park.  Come out and help  rebuild and restore these areas. The work is strenuous and rewarding. Volunteers may be expected to:

  • Load and haul rock, gravel and sand.
  • Work with hand tools (shovels, hoes, etc).
  • Construct steps, retaining walls, water breaks and check dams.

Simply show up at the gazebo at the start of the Summit Trail at 9:00 am on the designated work day. A crew chief will be present to log you in at that time. The volunteers generally work from 9:00 am to 4:00pm.  However, you can volunteer as little as 4 hours of your time to receive free camping. If you would like to participate with less volunteer time than 4 hours, please feel free to do so, but do not expect to camp for free at the park.

Entrance to the park and camping are provided free of charge to all volunteers. Please identify yourself at the park headquarters as a “Trail Project Volunteer” and you will receive directions from the park staff about camping facilities. Volunteers can expect to get in the park with no entry fee on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Camping is available on Friday and Saturday nights only.

The trail building work days are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month. No advance registration is required. The work crew tour groups all meet at 9am at the gazebo.

To have a better volunteer experience and protect yourself from the elements, each individual should bring the following items:

  • sturdy footwear (like hiking boots)
  • work gloves for your hands
  • sack lunch and water
  • hat and sunscreen

The Friends of Enchanted Rock will provide all necessary hand tools and equipment to perform the volunteer work, plus a portable radio and first aid kit for emergencies.

Call 830-685-3636 for more information.

Better Lights for Starry Nights at Enchanted Rock – May 17

Join us for a great Hill Country Alliance Dark Sky Program. A dark night sky full of big, bright stars is important here in the Texas Hill Country just like clean rivers, scenic vistas and natural landscapes. Little by little, light by light, the magical mystery of the big Texas night sky is diminishing. But it’s not too late to reverse this trend and you can help! Join Bill Wren of the McDonald Observatory as he shares his expertise on the value and simple strategies to protect starry skies. Enjoy star gazing with Hill Country Astronomers after the program! It’s fun, free, open to the public and kids are welcome! Meet at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area Group Pavilion 1/2 mile north of the park gate.

7:30 pm.

“Rock Stars” Stargazing at Enchanted Rock

Come take advantage of the amazing night sky at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.  They will have telescopes and lunar binoculars available for viewing the stars and planets.  Meet at the trailer parking area to the west of headquarters at 8 pm.  Enjoy star gazing at The Rock on October 25, 26 and 31.

Enchanted “Rock Star” Festival at Enchanted Rock – February 21

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 18 miles north on RR 965, has been designated by the International Dark Sky Association as a Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park. Efforts by staff and volunteers have helped earn this special status by changing out lighting for more efficient options, shielding lights and putting on programs that showcase the importance of night sky protection and preservation of our astronomical view shed.

This will be a full day event that begins as the darkness turns to morning light with a sunrise program and ending with a Star Party chock full of telescopes and a constellation tour by McDonald Observatory’s own Bill Wren. Throughout the day, there will be activities for children and the young at heart. Bat programs, Astral Photography programs, “Better Lights for Starry Nights”, sunset yoga, solar viewing, glow-in-the-dark face painting, night hikes with park rangers and more.

Mark your calendar now. More details coming soon to the website. (830) 685-3636

Bats of Enchanted Rock For Kids – June 16

This introduction to the wonders of bats at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area will be geared for kids. Nyta Brown, Natural Resource Specialist for Texas PArks and Wildlife will introduce the wonder of bats; what they eat, where they live, and how their habits help our Hill Country environment. Kids love bats! Bring your children for what is sure to be a great time. Presentation will be held uder the group pavilion from 10-11 am. Plan to stay after the program. You can enjoy picnics in the shade and let the kids play. No limit on attendance. This program is present by Friends of Enchanted Rock.  Call 830-685-3636 for details.

Enchanted Rock Bird Walk – October 8

See the first wave of fall migrants, and some lingering breeding birds, verify resident birds and be on the lookout for surprises as well.

Meet at the Loop Trail trailhead at 7:30 am and be prepared to walk about 4 miles, finishing around 1pm. Bring binoculars, water and snacks.

Free, but donations encouraged. Space is limited to 16. Email m.mial@wildblue.net to reserve.

Archeology Presentation at Enchanted Rock – May 25

Join Friends of Enchanted Rock for an overview of Llano Uplift archeology with archeologist Dan Potter, at 6 pm. Dan was part of the team that surveyed ERSNA for archeological sites some 30 years ago when TPWD first acquired the property.

Please check in at park headquarters before meeting at the group pavilion. You are welcome to use the pavilion for a picnic supper afterwards. For more information please email m.mial@wildblue.net.

Community Clean Up and Education Event at Enchanted Rock

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has selected Enchanted Rock State Natural Area as one of its eight endangered “Hot Spots” in the nation and is hosting events to help raise awareness about natural areas around the country facing the threat of irreversible environmental damage. Everyone is encouraged to come out for this weekend-long event and join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team to learn about Leave No Trace principles to help protect and preserve Enchanted Rock for years to come.

Friday, September 12, 7:45 pm: Night Hike to star gaze and learn some Leave No Trace principles along the way. Meet at the gazebo that starts the Summit Trail.

Saturday, September 13, 9 am to 2 pm: Meet the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. They will have free educational hangtags and fun educational activities for all ages to learn how to minimize your impact when in the outdoors.

Saturday, September 13, 9:45 am: Summit Trail Hike. Meet at the gazebo that starts the Summit Trail.

Saturday, September 13, 7:45 am: Night Hike. Meet at the gazebo that starts the Summit Trail.

Sunday, September 14, 9 am to 1 pm: Meet the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers.

Sunday, September 14, 11 am: Cave Clean Up. Join the staff and pros to help clean up the Enchanted Rock cave and surrounding areas. Bring a flashlight.

Call 830-685-3636 for more information.