Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Things to Do
Visitors can enjoy primitive backpacking, camping, hiking, technical rock climbing, picnicking, geological study, bird watching, and star gazing (minimal light pollution). Remember, at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, do not disturb plant or animal life, geological features, or Indian or historical artifacts. These park resources are protected by law! Bring your own firewood. Rock climbers must check in at headquarters; route maps and climbing rules are available. There is no swimming allowed in the Natural Area.
During peak seasons (September through May), the park may reach parking capacity, requiring the park to temporarily close on weekends (sometimes as early as 11 a.m.). Flashing yellow signs stating park closures are located just north of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 965 and on Hwy 16 near the Ranch Road 965 intersection. Please heed this warning when flashing. Closures usually last about two hours, and the park will reopen when sufficient parking is available.
Due to heavy weekend visitation and the ongoing drought, potable water at Enchanted Rock SNA is extremely limited. All visitors are encouraged to bring their own drinking water, and campers are encouraged to keep showers to a minimum. Please help conserve our water resource during your next visit.
The park offers a variety of educational opportunities. Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.
Ask about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout!
Enchanted Rock Certified Commercial Guides - provide guided rock climbing activities:
- Rock-About (rock-about.com); Phone: (512) 415-0804
- Outpost Wilderness Adventures (owa.com); Phone: (512) 731-7596
- Texas Climbing Adventures (www.texasclimbingadventures.com); Phone: (610) 331-1804
- Austin Rock Gym (www.austinrockgym.com); Phone: (512) 293-7293
Note to commercial guides: Anyone conducting commercial guiding activities for profit within the boundaries of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is subject to specific guidelines as identified by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Interested parties are strongly urged to inquire at the park headquarters.
Other nearby parks in this scenic area include Pedernales Falls State Park, Blanco State Park, , Kerrville-Schreiner Park, , and Longhorn Cavern State Park; Lyndon B. Johnson State Historic Site with the Sauer-Beckmann living history farmstead, and the adjacent LBJ National Park; the Johnson Birthplace and the family cemetery, where the former president is buried; and the Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site - National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. You may want to refer to nearby .