Government Canyon State Natural Area
12861 Galm Rd, (210) 688-9055, tpwd.texas.gov
With around 12,000 acres and 40 miles of hiking trails, Government Canyon State Natural Area is important to Texas for more than just being an outdoor refuge where you can feel separated from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio – this area remaining undeveloped is also important to the city’s drinking water. While you’re there, be sure to look for dinosaur tracks that are more than 100 million years old, or the Ziezelmann house, which was build in the 1800s, so while it isn’t quite as old, it’s still pretty darn old.
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