Colorado Bend State Park

Coordinates: 31°3′14″N 98°29′32″W / 31.05389°N 98.49222°W / 31.05389; -98.49222
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Colorado Bend State Park
Base of the Gorman Falls
LocationSan Saba County, Texas, Lampasas County, Texas
Nearest citySan Saba, Texas
Coordinates31°3′14″N 98°29′32″W / 31.05389°N 98.49222°W / 31.05389; -98.49222
Area5,328.3 acres (2,156 ha)
Visitors80,017 (in 2022)[1]
Governing bodyTexas Parks and Wildlife Department
Beneath the Gorman Falls

Colorado Bend State Park is a 5,328.3-acre (2,156 ha) state park located in the Hill Country region of the U.S. state of Texas, mostly in San Saba County. It was purchased by the state in 1984 and opened to the public in 1987. It is representative of the karst features typically seen in the Hill Country, with many sinkholes, caves, and springs.

Hiking trails[edit]

View of Spicewood Springs taken along the Spicewood Springs trail

The Spicewood Springs trail, one of the hiking trails in the park, has numerous creek crossings. The trail is 2.5-mile (4.0 km)-long one way, but hikers can take a slightly different hike back. It has numerous spring-fed swimming holes along the trail.

The Gorman Creek trail is divided into a blue-marker loop and a yellow-marker loop, with dry chaparral terrain. The highlights of the park trails are a travertine creek on the east, and a large waterfall with caves on the west. A protected portion of the park is open by guided tour only. The Gorman Spring and a few other springs feed Gorman Creek, which then descends a spectacular 65 feet (20 m), forming what is known as Gorman Falls. The tour is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round-trip trail leading to the spectacular waterfall, which is formed by fern-covered travertine. The self-guided Gorman Spring trail and the trail to the waterfall are now open to the public during regular park hours. Also, many wild-cave tour opportunities are available, ranging in difficulty from walking to crawling.[2]

Flora and fauna[edit]

A variety of flowers can be found in Colorado Bend State Park.

There are over 150 species of birds that live in the park, including the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. The endemic, near-threatened Guadalupe bass is among the fish that live in the river.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christopher Adams. "What is the most visited state park in Texas? Here's the top 10 countdown". Retrieved November 21, 2023.
  2. ^ "Texas Wild Cave Tours". Texas Speleological Survey. Retrieved June 2, 2023.
  3. ^ "Colorado Bend State Park Nature — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department". Retrieved June 2, 2023.

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