Destination :: Colorado Bend State Park

  • Colorado Bend: A view of the river and the hills rising on either side. The river is wide but water levels are low.

    Colorado River Near Gorman Falls. July 2013. Image 1/6

  • Colorado Bend: A dirt trail winds through bare trees and green brush.

    Trail. July 2013. Image 2/6

  • Colorado Bend: A view of Gorman Falls, partially obscured by trees and brush.

    Gorman Falls. July 2013. Image 3/6

  • Colorado Bend: A view of the river taken from mid-river. The river is very low in the banks. Hills rise up on either side.

    Low Water Levels in the Colorado River. July 2013. Image 4/6

  • Colorado Bend: A view of the river from an overlook, seen through bare trees.

    Overlooking the Colorado River. July 2013. Image 5/6

  • Colorado Bend: A view of the Colorado River Valley. The hills are covered in a mix of leaved- and bare trees; the river is not visible.

    View of the Colorado River Valley. July 2013. Image 6/6

Colorado Bend State Park in Texas is best known for its 70’ tall Gorman Falls, but it also offers hiking, camping, fishing, boating, and caving opportunities for the adventurous visitor.

Brief History

1984
TPWD purchases part of the land that will become the park.1
October 14, 1987
TPWD purchases the remainder of the land and opens the park.2

Location

2236 Park Hill Dr
Bend, Texas, 76824
United States

Website

Evaluation

Let’s Do It Again Real Soon

The scenery is fantastic and there is plenty to do. Great park to visit and get away from everything (including cell phones, flushing toilets, and showers… but you did know you were camping and not staying at a hotel, right?).

Visits: 1 Visited: July 2013

Quick Statistics

Size
5,328+ acres
Trails
35 miles3

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise noted, information about the park and park history is from "History," TPWD.
  2. Colorado Bend opened in 1987, as cited by multiple sources; on October 14, 2017, it held its first Heritage Day, celebrating 30 years. I am assuming this is the actual anniversary of the opening, but it's possible the celebration was scheduled for the Saturday closest to the actual anniversary.
  3. Colorado Bend State Park Trails Map, TPWD.

References

  • "Heritage Day." Calendar of Events. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Accessed November 12, 2017. Link.
  • "History." Colorado Bend State Park. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Accessed October 12, 2017. Link.
  • Colorado Bend State Park Trails Map. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. July 2017. Accessed November 15, 2017. Link.