Enchanted Rock Night Sky Party – February 22

Brrrr! It has been cold lately.  Grab a coat, get a scarf and some mittens and enjoy a Hill Country Rock Star Party viewing some of the most incredible night time views in this part of Texas. Visit with Eddie Hrncir, amateur astronomer, from Fredericksburg.  Please call ahead to the park for details.

Arrive by 6:30 pm.

Enchanted Rock State Park Closed This Week

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.

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.

Christmas on “The Other Side of the (Enchanted) Rock” – December 25

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.

Run with the Ranger at Enchanted Rock – May 10

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.

Animals of Enchanted Rock for Kids! – June 28

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 m.mial@wildblue.net to reserve your spot.

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.

Christmas in the Park at Enchanted Rock – December 13

Enjoy a Hill Country Christmas at legendary Enchanted Rock, 18 miles north of Fredericksburg on RR 965, where a variety of holiday-themed events will be happening throughout the day. Start the day with an Enchanted Hike at 9:30 am where you will join Santa for a hike to the summit of Enchanted Rock. At 4:30 pm, join Santa and his elves for an old-fashioned hay ride through the park. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies courtesy of Friends of Enchanted Rock. At 7 pm, there will be a special Night Time Hike to the summit of Enchanted Rock with Santa Claus to ring in the Christmas season. Hot chocolate will be served.

All day starting at 9:30 am. 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.

Enchanted Rock Interpretive Summit Tour – February 12

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.