You are visiting the home of wildlife. You will see far reaching views, hear beautiful song birds, see lovely wildflowers and an amazing array of native plants, and, if you’re lucky, some of the shy creatures that call the canyonlands home. The best way to observe wildlife is to remain quiet and still for a few minutes.
The refuge allows visitors to hike on designated trails for good reason -- to protect the habitat and to protect yourself. The old adage “leaves of three, let it be” still holds. Three-leaf clusters on slender stems, poison ivy is found throughout the Hill Country. Biting insects, scorpions, and venomous snakes also call the refuge home. Be sure to stay on the trail where you can more easily see them and avoid meeting them. In the slim chance you come across a snake on the trail, slowly back up and let it slither on by.
what to bring
For suggestions on hikes, check out Hiking.