Who We Are

We are hikers, naturalists, artists, mountain bikers, runners, researchers, clean water advocates, and in general, lovers of the outdoors with one common mission: protecting and preserving the Natural Area. Since inception we have recorded more than 200,000 volunteer hours. Here's your chance to get involved and become part of a very worthy cause.

Upcoming Events

June 6, 2015

National Trails Day – Hike to Bluff Spurs, 8:00 am

Friends of Government Canyon State Natural Area will host a guided hike to Bluff Spurs in celebration of American Hiking Society’s 23rd annual National Trails Day®. “American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.” The hike will be led by volunteers of the Natural Area. The hike to Bluff Spurs will be approximately 3 miles on rocky, uneven terrain with some elevation change. Reservations required and will be accepted until noon June 5, 2015. Sorry, group reservations not accepted. Please register each participant individually. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Natural Area fees apply. For more information, e-mail activities@friendsofgc.org

National Trails Day – Bike Ride, 8:00 am

Friends of Government Canyon State Natural Area will host guided bike rides in celebration of American Hiking Society’s 23rd annual National Trails Day®. “American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.” Bike rides will be led by volunteers of the Natural Area. Reservations required and will be accepted until noon June 5, 2015. Sorry, group reservations not accepted. Please register each participant individually. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Natural Area fees apply. For more information, e-mail activities@friendsofgc.org

National Trails Day – Dog Friendly Hike, 8:00 am

Friends of Government Canyon State Natural Area will host a dog friendly guided hike for well socialized dogs and their humans in celebration of American Hiking Society’s 23rd annual National Trails Day®. “American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.”  The hike will be led by volunteers of the Natural Area. Reservations required and will be accepted until noon June 5, 2015. Sorry, group reservations not accepted. Please register each human participant individually. Children and dogs must be accompanied by an adult. No more than two dogs per reservation. Natural Area fees apply. For more information, e-mail activities@friendsofgc.org.

National Trails Day – Hike to Dino Tracks, 8:00 am

Friends of Government Canyon State Natural Area will host a guided hike to the dinosaur tracks in celebration of American Hiking Society’s 23rd annual National Trails Day®. “American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.” Hikes will be led by volunteers of the Natural Area. The hike will be approximately 6 miles on rocky, uneven terrain with some elevation change. Reservations required and will be accepted until noon June 5, 2015. Sorry, group reservations not accepted. Please register each participant individually. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Natural Area fees apply. For more information, e-mail activities@friendsofgc.org

June 13, 2015

Hike the Canyon, 8:30 am

Join the Friends of Government Canyon and the Sierra Club for a jointly-led guided hike on one of the many trails at Government Canyon State Natural Area. Length of hike will range from 4 to 7 miles depending on the group. Open to ages 13 and over; minors must be accompanied by an adult; group size limited to the first 12 people; no pets please. Dress appropriately, sunscreen and hat recommended, wear sturdy footwear for hiking over rough terrain; bring two liters of water and a snack. Meet at the Visitors Center by the rainwater harvesting tower. Subject to cancellation; Natural Area entrance fees apply.  For more information and to confirm program, call (210) 688-9055, ext. 289.

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