Lost Maples State Natural Area

Eclipse viewing

Lost Maples State Natural Area

  • bigtooth maples at entrance
    Bigtooth maples sport spectacular colors in the fall; proving that Texas does have four seasons.
  • couple hiking to camping spot
    Choose from hike-in primitive campsites or drive-up sites with amenities for your overnight stay.
  • Lizard on tree trunk
    Although the park is known for its fall color, it is beautiful year-round.
  • family camping by shore
    Make memories with your family at this peaceful park.
  • hiker
    Explore over 10 miles of hiking trails.

Changing Beauty

You may know Lost Maples for its fall color, but it is spectacular year-round. Visit any time to see abundant wild­flowers, steep canyon walls and the scenic Sabinal River. We’re just two hours northwest of San Antonio.

Things to Do

Your whole family will find plenty to do here. Take a hike or a photo, go fishing, look for birds and other wildlife, camp, backpack, stargaze and hunt for geocaches.

Lost Maples protects a special stand of Uvalde bigtooth maples. Many folks come here to see colorful leaves on these and other trees in autumn. The show varies, depending on weather conditions. Check our Fall Foliage report (starting mid-October).

Please stay on designated trails. The natural area contains steep and rugged terrain. Do not climb on rocks or hillsides. Bigtooth maples have shallow roots, and you can hurt the trees by walking over their roots.

Note: Cell phone service is not available in the Natural Area. 


Explore over 10 miles of trails, including a loop that takes you along the top of a 2,200-foot cliff.


Choose from 30 campsites with water and electricity. Or back­pack to one of our primitive campsites.


Wet a hook in the Sabinal River or Can Creek. You do not need a fishing license to fish from shore or pier in a state park or natural area.


This area is home to a wide variety of birds, including the en­dan­gered golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo. Download Birds of Lost Maples State Natural Area: A Field Checklist | PDF to learn more.

Get involved

We need your help! Find out how on our Volunteer page.

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Ranger Programs

We offer programs on the plants and wildlife of Lost Maples. Check the Events page for upcoming events.

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Become a Junior Ranger! Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal. Complete tasks to earn a badge.

Area Attractions

Nearby towns include Utopia and Bandera.

Medina Lake offers swimming and fishing.

Find the best places to see wildlife on the Rio Frio Loop of the Great Texas Wildlife Trails.

37221 F.M. 187
Vanderpool, TX 78885

Latitude: 29.807719

Longitude: -99.570697

(830) 966-3413

Entrance Fees
  • Adult : $6 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Open daily,
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


October and November are our busiest times. We reach capacity daily. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.

Trails may be closed due to poor conditions or weather. Contact the park or check our Facebook page for updates

Busy Season

October through November and March through May.


January average low temperature is 31 degrees. July average high temperature is 94 degrees. Average rainfall 35.1 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

Elevation ranges from 1,800 to 2,250 feet.