Colorado River Wilderness
Spend a weekend exploring the unspoiled wilderness of Colorado Bend. We’re two hours northwest of Austin
Things to Do
Marvel at the beauty of Gorman Falls, cool off in Spicewood Springs, fish or paddle the river, take a cave tour, and test your limits on 35 miles of hike and bike trails.
Colorado Bend offers back-to-nature camping. Choose from drive-up sites, walk-in tent sites or primitive hike-in sites. The drive-up and hike-in sites have water in the area, but no hookups. Composting toilets are near the main camping area and at one trailhead. An open-air, rinse-off shower is near the campground.
Gorman Falls Hike
Take a self-guided tour to this 70-foot spring-fed waterfall. Come prepared for a 3-mile round trip hike over rough and rocky terrain.
Colorado Bend is the outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. With over 5,300 acres of unspoiled wilderness, the park offers plenty of ways to enjoy nature. From a two-hour visit to a full three-day weekend, you will never run out of things to do.
On the Trails
Colorado Bend offers over 35 miles of trails. Trails drain well, so they are rarely closed.
All trails are open to hikers and bikers unless otherwise posted. The park’s trails vary in terrain and difficulty, so you can choose your experience!
Some popular hiking trails in the park include:
Spicewood Springs - Enjoy a trail along breathtaking pools and waterfalls fed by Spicewood Springs. Watch your footing as you meander back and forth across the creek and as you hike up the canyon to take in gorgeous views.
Gorman Falls - Our most popular trail is a 3-mile round trip hike, over rough and rocky terrain, with a steep descent near the falls.
River - Enjoy the dense canopy and river access on this easily navigable trail.
A multiday backpacking trip is a rewarding way to experience Colorado Bend. Primitive backpacking campsites are available. A staff member can help you plan your trip to include a variety of trails and destinations.
We don’t want to boast, but we have some of the best mountain biking in the state! The majority of our trails are single-track.
The variety of trail difficulty will fit any riding style and experience level. But this rugged terrain offers a challenge for even the most experienced riders.
In the Water
If you are looking for water, we’ve got you covered. Six miles of Colorado River frontage allow you to cast a line, go for a swim, or enjoy a leisurely kayak trip.
Spicewood Springs is one of the best swimming holes in the Hill Country. A short, flat trail will lead you to the first of multiple spring-fed swimming holes. Continue up the Spicewood Springs trail for more pools and waterfalls.
Swimming is also allowed in the river.
All swimming is at your own risk; we have no lifeguards.
Colorado Bend has historically offered some of the best bass fishing in Central Texas. You do not even need a fishing license when fishing in a state park. We also have a fish cleaning station.
Boating & paddling
The water is slow-moving here, as it passes through the river’s canyon lands. You can paddle up and down the river, but call for current conditions.
When Lake Buchanan is near normal level, larger watercraft can travel from the park’s boat ramp downstream to the lake, about 10 miles. Hazards include low water and seasonal flood debris.
Bring your own watercraft, or rent single or double sit-on-top kayaks at the park.
Have you ever wondered what lies beneath your feet? With over 400 caves, Colorado Bend is the place to explore this underground world.
An experienced guide will lead you on a speleo-adventure through caves where you crawl, slide and climb through small spaces and into large chambers. Be prepared to get dirty and maybe even soaked.
Reservations are required for all cave tours. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes on tours.