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Don’t Go To Enchanted Rock This Weekend

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Sandy Creek on the Loop Trail

Sandy Creek

Photo: Robert Deming

Take your time, immerse yourself in the quiet, watch the birds, listen to the gentle tinkling of a tiny creek flowing.  This photo was taken during a rain storm, a rare opportunity, and one to be savored.

Savor the quiet beauty.

E Rock in the Rain

Photo: Robert Deming

Be a savvy visitor: the closest gas stations are 17 miles or more in any direction.  There is limited availability of food in the park and nothing nearby; bring your own.  Most visitors go to the top of the Enchanted Rock Dome and back down and they’re done, but the savvy hiker knows there are miles of beautiful trails worthy of exploration.

In the summer, come prepared for an overdose of sun; come prepared with sunscreen, appropriate clothing, plenty of fluids to drink.  Pack it in, pack it out: leave no trace of your visit.  Dogs are allowed in day use areas only (campground, picnic area, Loop Trail).  Domes are off limits after dark.  It is a State Natural Area, not a theme park, and preserving it intact for future generations is a fundamental priority of park staff, and it should be for you, too.

Check the park website before your visit for restrictions, closings, programs, guided hikes.  Support the park by your donation to the Friends of Enchanted Rock.

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