Colorado Bend State Park
Bend, Texas (San Saba County)
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About the State Park
Located along 6 miles of Colorado River frontage, 5,328-acre Colorado Bend State Park boasts a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, including: primitive camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and wildlife observation. Hikers and backpackers enjoy the park's 25.5 miles of trails, most of which are open to mountain bikers as well.
Bluffs on the Colorado River Copyright © Justin W. Moore
One of the park's gems is 60-foot high Gorman Falls, now accessible to the public for day use activities via a 3-mile round trip hike. Approximately 150 wild caves are located on the park property, some of which are accessible via guided tour.
- Gorman Falls Tour: 1.5-mile round trip hike to the Falls
- $5 per person, offered each Saturday at 2 PM
- Gorman Cave Walking Tour: reservations recommended
- $15 per person, offered each Saturday & Sunday
- Gorman Cave Crawling Tour: reservations required
- $30 per person, offered the first Saturday of each month
When water levels permit, boaters and paddlers can access 23,060-acre Lake Buchanan from the park's boat ramp on the Colorado River. Wildlife includes white-tail deer, Guadalupe bass, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, numerous song birds, armadillos, and squirrels.
Explanation of Symbols Campsites/Overnight Facilities 1 star Leashed Pets Permitted? YES Picnic Areas/Playgrounds 1 star Solitude 3 star Trail System 3 star Water Recreation 4 star Wildlife 3 star Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).
Wild Texas NotebookThe unimproved road to the park is rough, consisting mainly of a washboard surface; however, standard passenger vehicles can navigate the road except during periods of flooding. Since some sections of the road pass through unfenced range land, visitors may occasionally encounter cattle ambling along the roadside. Justin and I have hiked along the Colorado River and a portion of the 2.7 mile Spicewood Springs Trail, a route which affords beautiful views of the river, steep bluffs, and sparkling streams. We hiked in mid-March and the park was literally crawling with armadillos.
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Weekend at Colorado Bend
The nearest major Texas cities are: Austin, San Antonio
Check for restricted park access before any trip. When controlled public hunts are in progress, general access is not permitted.
Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.
Note: Learn about the $60 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts passholders, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.
Reservations can also be made by calling TPWD's Central Reservation System at
|Colorado Bend State Park
P.O. Box 118
Bend, TX 76824
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112