Government Canyon is a gem within San Antonio limits, and the city is lucky to have this protected area from encroaching development. Camping is allowed on Friday and Saturday only, and tent only. Site 13 has quick access to the frontcountry Savannah Loop, but we decided to explore the backcountry, and saw not one, but two rattlesnakes! The hiking provides lots of scenery, and bring a mountain bike if you want to explore two wheels.
Government Canyon State Natural Area is an approximately 8,624-acre area in Bexar County, just outside San Antonio. The state natural area was purchased by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1993, in cooperation with Edwards Aquifer Authority (formerly Edwards Underground Water District), San Antonio Water System, the Trust for Public Land and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The park opened to the public on Oct. 15, 2005.
The canyon was on the Joe Johnston Road from San Antonio to Bandera, which was blazed by the military at Fort Sam Houston in the 1850s. The canyon is a part of the rich ranching history of Texas.