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.
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 email@example.com.
The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is closed this week through Thursday, January 5 until 5:00 p.m. for hunting season. As a result, the park will be closed these days to visitors. The park will be closed the next week as well – January 8 from 5:00 p.m. until January 13 at 2:00 p.m. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located at 16710 RR 965, 18 miles north of Fredericksburg. For information, call 830-685-3636.
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.
A fundraiser that directly benefits Enchanted Rock and comes wrapped in a family-friendly competition open to all ages, climbing styles and abilities. To register and for more information please visit www.centraltexasclimbingcommittee.com/gripper.html.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve.
Bring your kids to learn about the creatures of Enchanted Rock Tuesday from 10 am to 11 am! Dale Schmidt, Wildlife Technician with the Texas Parks and Wildlife will present a program about the native wildlife found at the park. The program will address predator–prey relations with an emphasis on (you guessed it) white-tailed deer, and will end with a hands on inspection of animal skulls and hides. The program will be held under the group pavilion and is limited to 25 people, including kids and adults. Plan to stay after the program. You can enjoy picnics in the shade and let the kids play! E-mail email@example.com to reserve your spot.
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.
The Friends of Enchanted Rock and Austin Astronomical Society will share telescopes and binoculars Saturday at 8:30 pm at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. You will learn about the Moon, Mars, Saturn and more as you move among the telescopes. Red flashlights will be provided as well as red cellophane for your own flashlights. Please no white lights, dogs or smoking in the observing area.
Certified Interpretive Guide, Carl Fabre, who is also a member of the National Association for Interpretation and a sixth generation Texan will be leading this Saturday’s tour of Enchanted Rock sponsored by The Friends of Enchanted Rock. Learn about geological landforms, flora and fauna, archaeology and cultural history. Please leave a message at 685-3038 to reserve a spot. The tour will be from 9 – 11 am.
Enchanted Rock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1970 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States.