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Springtime Comes to Enchanted Rock & It’s Magnificent

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Spring at Enchanted Rock brings bluebonnets, like these in Sandy Creek…and lots of people. Here is how to make your trip to the premier park in the State of Texas the experience you were hoping for. If you can’t come on a weekday, be prepared, and be flexible.

1. Weekends Are Crowded. Be flexible

Enchanted Rock Traffic Cones

Photo: Robert C Deming

With beautiful weather a daily forecast, the park will close to new visitors every Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday. When all the parking spaces in the park are filled, rangers won’t let anyone else in, but if you are in line, waiting, they may give you a pass for guaranteed entrance four hours later. At Enchanted Rock, the early bird gets the worm (or the parking place). Check their Facebook or Twitter accounts for the latest updates. Please note that you will not be allowed to park outside the park to wait for entrance once they have closed; because of concerns about your safety, they will insist that you leave the area.  Be flexible and have a backup plan. Llano has a nice river park and Fredericksburg has Cross Mountain City Park, and you can find plenty to do before your return.

2. Be Prepared

Enchanted Rock Summit Climb

Photo: Robert C Deming

One of the most common reasons people call 911 from the Summit of Enchanted Rock is that they think they’re having a heart attack. Some are, some aren’t, but it is best to try to avoid that $15,000 helicopter ride. If you’re in doubt about your ability to go to the top, just stop, sit down, and enjoy the view. Dress appropriately for the weather, and know that the sun can burn you to a crisp on a summer day. The final climb is steep and shoes which will grip that beautiful pink granite are essential. When it is hot, you are going to need re-hydrating before you get back to your car, so carry something to drink.  Bottled water and sports drinks are sold in vending machines on the back deck of the Headquarters, and proceeds benefit the Friends of Enchanted Rock.

3. The Summit of Enchanted Rock Isn’t the Only Trail in the Park

Enchanted Rock Sandy Creek
Photo: Robert C Deming

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