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.
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.
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
Choose from the Loop Trail (4.5 miles), the Summit Trail (1.2 miles), Frontside Trail to Frog Pond (1.2 miles) or “The Other side of the Rock” Hike (approx. 2.5 miles). These hikes will be going on every hour throughout the day starting at 9 am. Yoga will begin at 7 am. A separate “Run With the Ranger” on the Loop Trail will start at 9 am. All hikes will begin at the Gazebo. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the activity you choose whether it’s yoga, running or hiking. Park entry is $7 per person; age 12 and under are free. There is no cost to participate in any of these programs.
Reserve a spot for yoga by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Participate in “Run With the Ranger” by emailing Scott.Whitener@tpwd.texas.gov
Address: 18 miles north on RR 965
Phone: (830) 685-3636
Inaugural program featuring an intro to trail running with an interpretive ranger. Learn about trail etiquette, the history, geology, flora and fauna of the Rock. Beginners encouraged and welcomed – no one will be left behind. Please bring water and a snack. 8:30 am. Call (830) 685-3030 for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Create a truly unique Christmas morning memory and join a park ranger on a hike to the other side of Enchanted Rock known as Little Rock. See the park from a different perspective than the summit. This hike is for those with an adventurous spirit that want a real treat for Christmas Day.
9:30 am. Call (830) 685-3636 for more information.