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Guided Hike

Join the Friends of Government Canyon for a guided hike on one of the many trails at Government Canyon State Natural Area. 8:30AM – Noon. The hike will range from 4 to 7 miles depending on the group. Open to ages 12 and over; minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No pets please.

Dress for the weather; sunscreen and hat recommended. Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes appropriate for rugged, rocky trails (no sandals or flip-flops please). Bring sun protection, at least 2 liters of water per person and a snack if you think you’ll get hungry.

This hike is limited to just 15 participants, so reservations are required! Reserve your spot at

Registration opens on Saturday two weeks prior to the event and closes at noon the Thursday before the event. Sorry, no group registrations.

Plan to arrive early as Saturday mornings can be very busy. The Natural Area’s front gates open at 7AM and the hike begins promptly at 8:30AM. Meet at the rainwater harvesting tower at the Visitor Center no later than 8:15AM.

Natural Area Entry fees apply. To save time at the Fee Booth and ensure entrance on crowded days, please reserve your Day Pass here:


Reserving a Day Pass is not the same as making a program reservation!

This program is weather-dependent and subject to cancellation. 

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