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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Legend states Tonkawa Indians named this popular 425-foot pink granite batholith, believing a Spanish conquistador cast a spell on it, making magical ghost fires glow at the top.

Magical, Mystical, Enchanted:

Climb the ancient dome for amazing Hill Country views.

The massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas has drawn people for thousands of years. But there’s more at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area than just the dome. The scenery, rock formations and legends are magical, too!

Things to Do

You can hike, backpack, camp, rock climb, picnic, bird, study nature, geocache and stargaze.  (You cannot swim here or ride bikes on the trails.)


Explore nearly 11 miles of hiking trails. Take a virtual tour with our Interactive Trails Map. All trails close 30 minutes after sunset, except the Loop Trail. The Summit Trail may close in wet weather.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbers must check in at park headquarters. You can pick up route maps there and read the climbing rules. Read through our Climbing Information before you come.


To protect this Natural Area, pets are only allowed in the designated day-use picnic areas, the campgrounds, and the on the Loop Trail (pets are not allowed on any other trail). Don't leave pets unattended, including in vehicles and at campsites, and keep them on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.


Our park store carries some gift items. You can buy wood for campfires at the park. Please bring your own drinking water, as it is in short supply due to the ongoing drought.

Sweet Marley’s snack trailer offers food, drinks, frozen treats and more. Email Sweet Marley’s in advance about special group catering options. Look for the Sweet Marley trailer at near the Summit Trail trailhead. It's open weekends and most weekdays in the summer, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Hours subject to change.)


Enchanted Rock needs your help! We will match your abilities to our many needs. You might guide a group to the summit, lead a tour of the loop trail, provide information to park visitors, or help maintain park facilities.

Outfitters and Guide Services

The following guides lead rock climbing tours at Enchanted Rock:

Ranger Programs

Enjoy a star party or a nature hike led by a park ranger, or contact the park for special tours for your group.

Area Attractions

Visit Fredericksburg for a taste of German culture in the Texas Hill Country. There you can shop, dine, visit museums and find outdoor activities. Stop by Llano, known as the “Deer Capital of Texas,” for museums, music and more.

President Lyndon B. Johnson was born near Johnson City. Learn about this colorful Texan at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Tour the Texas White House and Johnson’s boyhood home. The Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site and the Sauer-Beckmann living history farm are nearby.

Drive the Peach Loop, one of TPWD’s Great Texas Wildlife Trails. It will lead you to some of the best wildlife observation points in this area.

16710 Ranch Rd. 965
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Latitude: 30.496033

Longitude: -98.819952

(830) 685-3636

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

New ways to plan park visits coming in 2019
Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $7 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Check for scheduled closures from Oct. through Jan.

Gate opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m.

Office Hours 

Sunday-Saturday  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(longer hours during busy season)

The Summit Trail may close in wet weather. All trails close 30 minutes after sunset, except the Loop Trail.


We experience a very high volume of visitors on all weekends and school holidays. Closures are guaranteed on all Saturdays from September through July 4th weekend. Closures also occur on most Sundays and school holidays. The line often forms as early as 8 a.m. and park closure can happen as early as 9 a.m. Once the park fills in the morning, we will issue parking slips to the next 200 vehicles. Passes guarantee a place in the park that same afternoon. Visitors with camping reservations may enter the park throughout the day. No parking is allowed on the sides of RR 965 at any time.

Check our 
Twitter or Facebook for closure updates or contact the park.

Flashing signs on approaching roads will also alert you if the park is closed. One sign is north of Fredericksburg on R.R. 965; the other is on Hwy. 16 near the R.R. 965 intersection.

Busy Season

September through May.


January average low: 36 degrees. July average high: 95 degrees. Average annual rainfall: 28.7 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

1825 feet

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