Destination :: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

  • Enchanted Rock: A badly-exposed view of the rock. Scrub trees are visible on the lower slope and broken slabs are visible at the top.

    Enchanted Rock. April 2014. Image 1/1

Enchanted Rock is a massive pink granite rock in Texas Hill Country. It has been a popular destination for people throughout the history of the region.

Brief History

12,000 years ago
Humans begin using the area. Today, over 400 archaeological sites have been found and protected.1
1700s
The first Spaniards explore the region.
Mid-1800s
Germans and other colonists arrive in the area.
1971
Enchanted Rock is designated a National Natural Landmark.2
1978
The Nature Conservancy of Texas purchases the land from Charles Moss and deeds it to the State of Texas.
1936
A historical marker is placed at the area where Captain John C. Hays fought off a company of Comanches.3
1984
Texas opens the park to visitors and the park is added to the National Register of Historic Places.4
2014
The International Dark-Sky Association designates Enchanted Rock an International Dark Sky Park.5

Location

16710 Ranch Rd 965
Fredericksburg, Texas, 78624
United States

Website

Evaluation

Let’s Do It Again Real Soon

Unique rock formation with fantastic views and a small network of trails. Very popular park; camping can book weeks in advance and they will limit the number of day use visitors on busy days to protect the environment.

Visits: 1 Visited: April 2014

Quick Statistics

Size
1,644 acres
Trails
Nearly 11 miles6
Visitors
250,000+
Height of Rock
1,825 feet7

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise noted, information about the park and park history is from "History," TPWD
  2. "Enchanted Rock," NPS.
  3. "Details for Enchanted Rock," Texas Historic Sites Atlas.
  4. "Enchanted Rock," Wikipedia.
  5. "Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (U.S.)," International Dark-Sky Association.
  6. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, TPWD.
  7. "Nature," TPWD

References

  • "Details for Enchanted Rock (Atlas Number 5171010035)." Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Texas Historical Commission. Accessed November 18, 2017. Link.
  • "Enchanted Rock." National Natural Landmarks. National Park Service. September 8, 2016. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.
  • "Enchanted Rock." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. September 20, 2017. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.
  • "Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (U.S.)." International Dark-Sky Association. Accessed November 18, 2017. Link.
  • "History." Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.
  • "Nature." Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Accessed April 18, 2018. Link.