Outdoor Activities and Parks
San Antonio Parks and Recreation
Located just 16 miles or 25 minutes from the resort, Government Canyon State Natural Area preserves 12,047 acres of rugged hills and canyons in the Texas Hill Country. With its designation as a “Natural Area” rather than a “State Park”, the primary focus of Government Canyon is maintenance and protection of its natural state. It is open to the public four days a week (Friday through Monday), offers 40 miles of hiking and biking trails, picnic sites, and is open for camping on the weekends. Guided tours and ranger programs are also available. Check the Government Canyon website for additional information, including pricing, camping rules and tips, and hours of operation.
Although it is about an hour and a half from the resort, Enchanted Rock State Natural Park in Fredericksburg, Texas, it is well worth the drive for the breathtaking Hill Country views. The massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas has drawn people for thousands of years, but there is more at Enchanted Rock than just the dome. You can hike, backpack, camp, rock climb, picnic, bird, study nature, stargaze and more. View their website for hours, directions, and other information.
San Antonio River Tubing
A favorite San Antonio tradition and activity, tubing down the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers in the New Braunfels area is a fun experience for the whole family when visiting the Texas Hill Country. Both of these rivers offer tubing experiences, and are just a short drive from our Hill Country resort. The Guadalupe River tends to have a younger crowd and more shallow areas with rapids, whereas the Comal River is warmer, shorter in length, and is also known to be better for younger children. You will want to research both options to decide what is best for you and your party, to ensure an enjoyable tubing experience for everyone.
There are plenty of professional outfitters that you can use to arrange your day on the river. These river outfitters will ensure you have the proper tubes, life jackets, and other equipment needed for an enjoyable and safe experience. We suggest Texas Tubes and Rockin’ R River Outfitters as options to arrange your day on the river, however feel free to research your own companies to use online prior to making a decision.
There are a few other things you should know before going:
- Parking and getting back to your car can be challenging if you are attempting to tube on your own. However if you go through an outfitter, they will have safe and secure parking, and transportation to and from the river access points.
- Alcohol is allowed on most points of the rivers, however just make sure to check for regulations or ask your Outfitter before heading out. Glass containers and Styrofoam coolers are not allowed on the river.
- You WILL need shoes! The bottoms of the rivers are rocky, and if you need to get in or out of your tube at any point, you will want to have some sort of shoes on your feet. Most Outfitters will sell river shoes, however it’s probably cheaper to buy or bring your own pair before.
- Bring water and sunscreen! Float times vary from 2+ hours, and there is little shade from the Texas heat.
The Natural Bridge Caverns are the largest known commercial caverns in the state, but so much more than just one of the most treasured natural attractions Texas has to offer. This beautiful and historical cavern system offers an educational, fun and family-friendly experience, whether you are a first timer, an avid caver or someone in between. You can pan for precious stones, take the ultimate leap of faith from the Canopy Challenge, go caving on one of our adventure tours, or simply experience nature on the original Discovery Tour. The Caverns are about a 45 drive from the resort, located in the Texas Hill Country, just north of downtown San Antonio. Visit the Natural Bridge Caverns website for additional information.
The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is a 400-acre safari park on the northern outskirts of San Antonio, near New Braunfels, Texas. The Wildlife Ranch is not affiliated with, but is located near the Natural Bridge Caverns, so if you are planning an excursion for the day, you should definitely include both of these popular, family-friendly San Antonio attractions. The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch features more than 500 animals representing over 40 species, but does not have any predators or elephants. Visitors can drive through the property where animals roam freely within three large pastures. Some of the animals you can expect to encounter include zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, buffalo, ostrich, elk and more. You can also take a “walk-a-bout” and view giraffes, Gibbons, Ring-tailed Lemurs and many more unique animals. Visit the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch website for additional information, including hours and pricing.
Located along the edge of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, the National Shooting Complex is not only 671 acres of rolling hills and picturesque countryside, but to firearms enthusiasts throughout the United States and beyond, this multi-million dollar complex is known as one of the most complete sport shooting and recreational facilities in the world. The National Shooting Complex is one of the world’s premier venues for competitive shooting tournaments, hosting such elite events as the Skeet World Championships, National Sporting Clays Championship and many more. This facility is open to the public and available for group outings, and is conveniently located just 6.5 miles from the hotel. Visit their website for additional information, or speak to your Hyatt Regency Hill Country Event Manager to arrange a group outing.