Private Tours

Private Group Tours of the Canyon Lake Gorge are available for groups of 10 to 23 people.  If your group is larger than 23 people, two tours may be required.  Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and are scheduled around our public tours and educational programs. Please allow at least three weeks for processing from the date you submit your request to your requested tour date.

A Private Group Tour may be requested by calling the Canyon Lake Gorge Office at (830) 964-5424 or sending a request through the contact form on this website.  

Every tour is led by a volunteer tour staff consisting of a certified guide with assistance from trained docents and GBRA staff.  Tours are three-hour educational hikes and highlight the "Power of Water."  We welcome your group’s input and will work with you to ensure that the educational concepts are tailored to your group’s needs.

Our goals is to increase each visitor's understanding of the:

  • Canyon Reservoir Project and Canyon Lake Gorge: A unique partnership between the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Gorge Preservation Society.
  • Geology of Central Texas.
  • Hydrogeology: the interconnectedness of groundwater and surface water.
  • Interrelationship between humans and the physical environment.
  • Process of biological succession: the progression an ecosystem follows as it changes over time.
  • Plants and animals found in the natural communities of the Gorge.
  • Appreciation and respect for the natural environment!

TOUR FEE:  $10.00 per person. A deposit may be required in the equivalent of the 10 person minimum; $100.00. 

GROUP SIZE:  We require a minimum of 10 people to schedule a private tour.  The maximum is 23 participants. If your group is larger than 23 people, two tours may be required.  We will adjust as necessary in order to give your group the best experience possible.

MASTER NATURALIST CHAPTER TRAINING: MNCT classes are free of charge for chapter class participants.  Anyone accompanying the group that is not directly involved in the MNCT will be charged the regular $10.00 per person fee. Classes with more than 23 participants may be split into two groups.

GROUP POINT OF CONTACT (POC):  You will need to provide a Point of Contact's name and cell phone number.  This needs to be an individual that is actually going on the tour.  It's important that the POC relay all information to all tour participants. 

One week prior to the scheduled tour date, the group's Point of Contact (POC) will receive a detailed email reminder with all relevant information, guidelines, directions, and your tour’s guide and docents' names and contact information.  If you need this information more than seven days before your tour, please email or call the GBRA office.

HEALTH ADVISORY:  If you or any of your group’s participants have health concerns such as bad knees or ankles, heart condition or get easily winded, you may want to rethink this tour. It is physically demanding. In addition, it gets hot in the Gorge very quickly on sunny/warm days; please make sure you are well hydrated before the tour.

TOUR CHANGES, CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:

  • Date Changes: Tour dates are locked in 10 days prior to the original booked tour and may not be changed.  No refunds or rescheduling will be given for no-shows or late arrivals.
  • Cancelation Due To Weather: Our office, and/or your volunteer guide will make a weather related cancellation decision no less than one hour prior to your tour’s scheduled start time.  Participants will be notified at that time using the cell phone number provided at tour registration.  We will work to reschedule your tour or issue a refund of your deposit, whichever will work best for your group.
  • Illness, Injury or Bereavement: If you need to cancel or change your tour date due to illness, injury or bereavement, contact the GBRA Canyon Lake Gorge Office at (830)964-5424 or email lwalzem@gbra.org with your request.  We will work with you to reschedule your tour.  In the event we are unable to reschedule your group a deposit refund will be issued.  Please allow up to 10 days for processing. 

RULES FOR ALL GORGE TOURS:

  • All tour participants must have a signed liability release:  Please have forms signed prior to the tour.  Your guide will collect them at the start of your tour.
  • No fossil collecting.
  • No pets.
  • Children under the age of 7 are not allowed in the gorge.
  • Adult to Youth Requirements:
    • Ages 7-10, one adult for every child
    • Ages 11-15, one adult for every three children
    • Ages 16-20, one adult for every five youth
  • No Smoking or Vaping.
  • Stay on the path: Gorge tours are restricted to a designated route. Participants must stay with the Volunteer Tour Staff at all times.
  • Proper footwear required: Tour participants must wear footwear appropriate for hiking -- sneakers, hiking boots, etc. No slick-soled shoes or sandals. If no appropriate footwear, you will not be allowed to participate in the tour and will not be eligible for a refund.
  • Hydration/Health Safety:  Tour participants are advised to bring at least one bottle of water.  Snacks and cameras are also a good idea.  All items should be carried in a backpack of some type so that hands remain free. During the summer months we suggest wearing a hat and sunscreen. 

GENERAL DETAILS:

  • Tour Start: Tours begin at the GBRA property, 16029 South Access Road, Canyon Lake, TX  78133.  The property is located at the bottom of the Gorge, below the Dam.  This location may change depending on the group's request. A detailed map will be sent one week prior to the tour.
  • Access to the Gorge:  The gate to the property will be unlocked a half hour prior to the start of your tour; please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour to allow for sign-in and shuttling to our start location.  For safety, the gate will be locked during the tour and unlocked again once the tour group returns to the Visitor Center. The gate to the property will be locked again approximately 30 minutes following the tour.  Please do not leave vehicles at the gorge property following your tour.
  • GPS Coordinates:  N29 51.777 W098 11.228
  • Questions: Please call (830) 964-5424, Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm or email lwalzem@gbra.org.

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830-964-5424

Canyon Lake/Sattler OFFICE / Mailing Address
2075 FM 2673, Suite D
Canyon Lake, TX 78133

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

 

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GPS coordinate
N 29.86304 W 098.18750

 

   
   

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