Leilani Perry looks at Enchanted Rock during a backpacking trip to the state natural area. Pam LeBlanc photo

If you’re planning a trip to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in the next month, you’ll need to bring your own water.

Spigots at the park will be turned off from June 4 through July 1 while crews repair the water tower, which was damaged in the February freeze. No drinking or cleaning water will be available and restrooms will be closed, but porta-potties and composting toilets will open.

What does that mean for you? Bring all the water you think you’ll need – and then some. Officials recommend carrying 32 ounces of water per hour of physical activity. 

I hate the idea of pre-bottled water, because it creates unnecessary waste (and we’ve got a plastics problem on our planet, people!), but theFriends of Enchanted Rock will sell it at park headquarters during office hours. Bottled water is also available 24 hours a day in vending at headquarters.

And remember, you need to reserve a day pass or campsite in advance at www.texasstateparks.org or by calling 512-389-8900. The park fills up quickly. Spanish-speaking customer service representatives are available.

The huge granite dome is a popular spot for hiking. Pam LeBlanc photo

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located at 16710 Ranch Road 965 north of Fredricksburg. The park offers 11 miles of hiking trails and a massive granite dome visitors for exploring.

My pro tip? After you’ve climbed to the top of the dome, take the loop trail that encircles the huge feature. You can even primitive camp on the far side of the dome, next to a small lake. It’s a great spot for a shake–out backpacking run for people new to the sport.

For more information, visit the Enchanted Rock Natural Area website at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.


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