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Goverment Canyon SNA

Average Rating:    (3.71 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

Very hilly rocky trail system with very good views...my favorite in San Antonio!!! Just opened in October 2005...amazing wildlife and very close to San Antonio...somewhat techincal in parts, but a very fun ride.
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Latitude
29.53700313153385
Longitude
-98.74745607376098
Trail Directions
From the intersection of Loop 1604 and Culebra Road (also known as FM 471 - back road to Castroville), travel west 3.5 miles to Galm Road. Turn north (right) on Galm and travel 1.6 miles; gate with signs on the left. Map at... http://maps.google.com/maps?q=12861+Galm+Rd,+San+Antonio+TX+78254&spn=0.230909,0.652313&iwloc=A&hl=en
Trail Length
>40 total Miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
San Antonio
State/Territory/Province
TX
Zip/Postal Code
78254
Country
U.S.A
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Review Date
December 1, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Bill ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is awesome. It is tough but fair. It will test your fitness and determination. The trails are in great shape and well marked. Great place if you like to climb.



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Review Date
August 26, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ehoward ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Fun, interesting, challenging, & rocky cross country riding with nice Texas Hill Country scenery. Gate opens at 7:00 am - 10:00 pm Friday - Monday. Closed Tuesday - Thursday.

The State Natural Area (rather than Park) designation means the land managers' mandate prioritizes the natural (rather than recreational) resource. It behoves us to remember this and ride accordingly to minimize our impacts.

Recommended Route:
Link up a loop of the park and you'll be ready for beers and some couch time. Stay in your pedals and you'll be very pleased with yourself.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
(In descending order) Flat Rock, Tapatio Springs, Salado Cr., Leon Cr.



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Review Date
January 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bsdc ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
In general the first part of the trail is moderately hilly, rough wide singletrack and doubletrack. The further North you go, deeper into the trails, the hillier and rockier it gets. Some sections are advanced.

It's a nice trail system that get progressively tougher the deeper you go. That's nice because you can just turn around if you ever feel you are getting above your head.

I liked the trails well enough but the fun, technical, ledgy stuff was made all the more difficult by lots of loose rock and babyheads. It was a nice ride but large amount of loose rock got annoying after a while.

Recommended Route:
Get a map. My understanding is the Frontcountry, South of the parking lot, is easy beginners trails. We rode the Backcountry, North of the parking lot, which was moderate to advanced. We rode counter clockwise but it could certainly be ridden closewise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Flat Rock, McAlister



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Review Date
September 7, 2010

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Neuner ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Already summarized pretty well that this is a rocky trail. Let me emphasize that it is a very loose large-rock trail system, 3/4 of the time, that is advanced even though it's pretty flat. I only rode the back-country full loop. I enjoyed the technical aspect but grew weary of the monotony. I've ridden trails all over the U.S. and I think this is the worst that I've been on. From the descriptions and locals I've talked to it appears to have gotten worse over time due to severe washout. I do wish that there were more trails mapped and marked as well as this one.



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Review Date
August 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jekyll girl ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
CO resident ridding in TX for the first time and was impressed. Well marked trail system with maps, well maintained trail, parking lot had restrooms & water. Be prepared to pay $6 a head to get in. Explore the back country areas or you'll be bored. Lots of rocky technical sections with some climbing. So much fun. We tried it on a day that was 103°F & ran through our 3 liter camelbacks rather quickly. Oh yeah, there's very little shade. **A must ride in San Antonio**.

Recommended Route:
Stay in the back country.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
OP Schnabel & Salado Creek for beginners. They were a snooze fest.



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