Government Canyon

3.69 out of 5
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↑ 1,100 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This park has a network of trails ranging from 3-5 miles per trail. Every trail head has a large topo map charting every trail in the park. Some of the trails are for hikers only and is clearly marked on the maps. The trails are well marked and each marker has mileage listed so if you don't have a bike computer, it is not important. There is also running water at Parking Lot D. The terrain varies from canopy-covered rolling trails to pretty tough climbs. The decents are (or will be) legendary! If you come out towards the "Alamo City" give Government Canyon a try.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (29)


June 6, 2019
Review: Didn't get to ride. The area is closed to the public Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday This is the answer I got from them. Got an answer, of sorts. "As a natural area next to a metropolitan area, Govern­ment Canyon is an excellent resource for wildlife biologists and other scientists. Scientists conduct research when we are closed. Staff and volunteers create programs for school groups, conduct heavy maintenance, work on resource management projects, handle administrative duties, and - everyone's favorite - complete paper­work! Govern­ment Canyon does open extra days at holidays."

Granny Gear

May 28, 2017
Review: :D

Granny Gear

May 29, 2016
Liv4hym Granny Gear  
Review: Coming from Houston trails, this was one of the hardest we have ever done. Lots of uphill, rock climbing. Course that is rewarded with downhill rock crawling. Great workout, but had to walk a fair amount as I'm not as skilled., but fun none the less. Took a counterclockwise wise path on the outer loop starting at the camp ground. Ended ride with a nice home stretch on JJR. By the way, a great campground.


January 19, 2016
ELJOSE Trailblazer  
Review: Great diverse trail system. A whole lot of rocky terrain, drops, switchbacks, climbing & downhills. Oh and I've encountered more hikers throughout the years. Overall, thanks to Texas parks & wildlife for sharing these beautiful parks with cyclists!

Granny Gear

November 29, 2015
rafael Granny Gear  
Review: Perfect


April 3, 2015
BillG55 Gramcounter  
Review: No big hills but lots of rocks, I walked some bigger ledges as an intermediate level biker. Trails were damp making rocks slick in some places. Very well established trails, marked well with trail maps at visitor center. Nice trail system.

Granny Gear

December 7, 2014
et69 Granny Gear  
Review: Today I rode the backcountry trails at this park for the second time. It is a very nice mix of difficult technical singletrack with rock gardens and rolling smooth singletrack. You can pretty much choose trails that fits the type of riding you like. I started out going north on Joe Johnston Route - lots of hikers in the beginning so slow down. After about 3 miles the crowds are gone and I turned left on Caroline`s Loop. This trail is great - challenging technical climbs and decents! After 2,5 miles you hit the Joe Johnston again and continue north to join the Sendero Balcones trail. This trail goes back south all the way down to the trailhead. It is rocky and technical, with some quite difficult sections. You can opt out of this trail several places, the first and easiest option is Little Windmill. Halfway south you can take a left on Far Reaches trail, which is a great challenging trail that takes you past some nice overlooks. Continue all the way down and join the Recharge trail back to the trailhead. This outer loop combo is an awesome 14 mile ride that will challenge you and your bike! Full suspension is recommended.

Bunny Hop

March 11, 2014
Review: I leave the San Antonio area on Wednesday and was told by locals at Bike World this is their choice spot. $6 park fee. They provide a trail map which is very useful and the trails are marked superbly. If you are up to it, I would ride every trail even though it will be exhausting. Unfortunately it started raining when I was at the most northern portion of the area (map north). obviously it made the rocks slippery which didn't allow me to open up. As in previous reviews, this ride gave me a bunch of "oh sh!t" moments, which is awesome. Even though I leave San Antonio on Wednesday, I will be making the 2.5 hour drive so I can ride here again. So far what I have ridden in the Hill Country, this is in my top 2. Go there you wont be disappointed.

Similar Trail: Emma Long- as far as technical rock riding is concerned

Granny Gear

April 8, 2013
Review: This place is perfect. Anyone can enjoy from the beginner trying to get into the sport to the most advanced rider looking to challenge themselves.

Granny Gear

November 3, 2012
Tex735 Granny Gear  
Review: Whoever says this isn't an advanced trail, I'd like to know just where the heck you ride!!! It's very very rocky which means technical. If you ride the outer ring going clockwise, you will get into some very rocky climbs with some pretty serious shelves to overcome. The climb will burn you out and then you'll have to deal with the shelves. Ground clearance becomes a concern on some of the shelves as is evidenced by all the bash ring scars on the rocks. I put the pedals on the rocks several times. But the downhills are sick! Rock garden meets downhill. You can't just let the brakes go and bomb or you'll end up in the scenery! Bring a full suspension for sure and you might consider a 29er due to the plethora of rocks. The roots are few and far between and the fast single track is sparse. All in all an awesome place to ride!!

Government Canyon MTB Trail 3.69 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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