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The Government Canyon State Natural Area was established in 1993 but started allowing the public to explore this Texas area in 2005. Currently, this area is open to the public for four days a week (from Fridays through Mondays) to allow scientists to carry on their research. Encompassing 12,244 acres, this natural area lies approximately eight miles away from Helotes and about 48 miles from New Braunfels. Its primary purpose is to protect Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. The areas rocky and rugged terrain features canyons, creeks, and plains.
The dinosaur footprints are the main attraction at Government Canyon State Natural Area, but RVers will find plenty of other recreation activities, including fishing, birding, wildlife watching, and mountain biking. When you book an RV rental in Bexar County, there are a number of activities to enjoy in Government Canyon State Natural Area.
Just for dinosaur enthusiasts, Government Canyon State Natural Area preserves well over 300 dinosaur footprints. Believed to have been formed over 100 million years ago, these dinosaur tracks lie along the Government Canyon Creek. They can be accessed by hiking the two and a half mile Joe Johnston Route. It is recommended that hikers interested in exploring these historic tracts should plan their hikes early in the morning, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water with them.
There are over 40 miles of recreational trails in Government Canyon State Natural Area. Hiking is a favorite pastime for many visitors, thanks to the area's nice trail system. And if you prefer the company of your fur friends during the hike, there are two trails available.
For visitors interested in watching wildlife, many animal species inhabit Government Canyon State Natural Area. Deer, coyotes, raccoons, wild turkeys, foxes, and rabbits are some of the animals spotted here.
Although Government Canyon State Natural Area offers opportunities for tent camping only, there are many RV-friendly parks in the neighborhood where you can park your Helotes RV rental. Located in San Antonio about 12 miles away, Tejas Valley RV Park & Campground is one of the nicest parks in the area. It features over 100 sites with full hookups. Amenities offered here include a dump station, laundry facilities, restrooms, showers, a pool, and a clubhouse. Not too far away, Medina Lake RV Campground in Lake Hills offers nearly 400 sites. Campground amenities include full hookups, laundry facilities, a pool, and showers.
Love KOA campgrounds? San Antonio KOA is just a few minute's drive from Government Canyon State Natural Area. Encompassing 40 acres, this campground features over 300 sites. Amenities offered here include full hookups, laundry room, a pool, restrooms, and a dumping station.
Blazing Star RV Resort 10 miles away is a lovely spot to camp in your luxury motorhome rental. Full hookups are available. Other amenities include a laundry facility, a pool, and restrooms.
Once you rent an RV in Helotes, you will discover that there is no shortage of attractions in this region. San Antonio, about half an hour's drive away, is a remarkable destination for the great outdoor lovers. The city is packed with wonderful attractions for visitors of all ages.
If you are into wildlife, head over to San Antonio Zoo with your motorhome rental, there are over 700 species of animals within this 56-acre zoo. They include kangaroos, elephants, giraffes, Nile crocodiles, alligators, okapi, jaguar, and hippos. In addition, there are a variety of birds, a butterfly habitat.
When you drive your RV rental around San Antonio, you are bound to come across many interesting theme parks. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is one of the most recommended parks in this city. It is a great stop for family fun. This 200- acre park offers many recreational opportunities, the most popular of which are roller coasters and water rides.
Should you prefer a theme park with animals, SeaWorld San Antonio is your best bet. If you are passionate about up-close encounters with marine mammals, you will enjoy your time in SeaWorld San Antonio. In the marine park section, you can see dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, penguins, stingrays, whales, and sharks. To keep the kids busy, there is a large playground, splash pad, and plenty of rides too.
Natural Bridge Caverns is a great stop for anyone who likes geological wonders. After a 40 mile drive in your RV rental, you can have fun exploring the caves. Besides the guided cave tours, visitors can enjoy the rope courses and ziplines. If you would like to see, animals spare a few hours to visit the adjacent Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch.