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Guided Hike to the Protected Habitat Area


Members of the Friends of Government Canyon will lead a hike to the Protected Habitat. 8:00AM – 4:00PM, depending on participants.  Participants must be at least 14 years of age and physically able to hike 12 to 13 miles over broken, rocky terrain with a good portion of elevation gain and loss.  Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Dress in layers appropriate to the weather.  Carry at least 3 liters of water per person, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, hat, and raingear.  Wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking shoes or boots. Meet at the main Visitor Center near the tall Rainwater Harvesting Tower and Rock Garden. 

Participation is limited to the first 10 people who sign up; no pets please.

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. 

All Natural Area entry fees apply.  Plan to be at the Visitor Center/Rock Garden and ready to go no later than 7:45AM; the hike starts promptly at 8:00AM. 

SPECIAL NOTES: The Natural Area can be very busy in the morning! To ensure entrance and save time at the Fee Booth, please reserve and PRINT OUT your Day Pass by going to:

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

This hike is subject to cancellation. Check trail conditions by going to the GCSNA twitter feed, or the GCSNA Facebook Page.

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