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Sounds of the Night

Sssshhhh...did you hear that? What was that noise?

The outdoors at night can seem a little spooky, unless you know what all those strange thumps, rustles and buzzes are. Come play a game with us to learn some of our common wildlife sounds, then take a short ranger-led night hike. 

This activity is open to ages 5 and up and includes both a seated activity and a short hike. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. No pets please. You may want to bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on, as the provided seating is on limestone ledges. We'll start in the Exhibit Gallery (the screened structure right next to the Visitor Center) and take a short night hike. Lot A will have the closest parking. 

Reservations required! Reserve your spot at the Friends of Government Canyon website. Registration opens on Saturday two weeks prior to the event and closes at noon the Thursday before the event.

Though the activity is free, entrance fees to the Natural Area do apply. We often fill to capacity. To ensure entrance and save time at the Fee Booth, please pre-purchase and print out a day pass. Day passes can be reserved beginning one month before the date of your visit. Please note: reserving a Day Pass is not the same as making a program reservation! The activity is limited to the first 40 participants.

This is a public program intended for individuals or families. If you would like to bring a group for a program at Government Canyon, please contact the Park Interpreter at to schedule at a different time. 

Dress for hiking outdoors. Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, bug spray and a hat are recommended. Bring at least 1 liter of water per person.

If ADA assistance is required, please request modifications using this form, or email at least 2 weeks in advance.

This program is weather-dependent and subject to cancellation. Check trail conditions by calling GCSNA's main office at 210-688-9055, or go to the GCSNA webpage, Instagram, or Facebook.