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“Excellent and unexpected for a short time only...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Canyon Lake Gorge Tour

Canyon Lake Gorge Tour
2075 FM 2673, Suite D, Canyon Lake, TX 78133
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Ranked #2 of 9 Activities in Canyon Lake
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Owner description: Take a guided educational tour and explore the gorge that was eroded 40 feet below the pre-flood terrain by the 2002 flood event, when flood waters went over the Canyon Lake Spillway for the first time in its history. This tragic event of nature "unearthed" a true Hill Country treasure which you can now experience firsthand with a trained guide. During your 3-hour tour, you will walk along an exposed fault zone, identify fossils, explore the Early Cretaceous limestone formations that were deposited over 110 million years ago, photograph dinosaur footprints, and even follow aquifer waters as they course through the Gorge as springs, channels and waterfalls. Tours available weekdays and weekends, only $10 per person.
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“Excellent and unexpected for a short time only...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

You will transported to another place and time and this is NOT the Twilight Zone. Deep and carved out of rock with running water and small pools along the way. If the Water Park guys get their hands on this it will be massively crowded and made "safe", so see it now before someone in Austin "sells" it in exchange for a half priced mansion on Lake Travis. The tour requires good hiking skills with some climbs and rock stairs. Not for someone with a cane or a walker. No food, water or elevators. Wear a hat and good shoes. Reservations in advance required.

Visited April 2012
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“Great Tour of an Interesting Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

This is a unique spot and is worth a visit if you are in the Austin or San Antonio area. There are not many places where you can see up close the dramatic results of a powerful flood. And for $10, it's a great value. Reservations are required.

Keep in mind that this is a very detailed tour, so it is not for folks who just want to gaze out from an overlook. There are over a dozen volunteer tour guides, so the exact experience will vary depending upon your guide. We had George and his focus was geology and paleontology. So he spent considerable time showing and explaining the geological details (fault lines and fossils) and the dinosaur tracks that were uncovered by the flood that carved this gorge.

The walk itself is not particularly difficult, but some of the terrain is uneven so wear sturdy shoes. Note that there is almost no shade, so while we enjoyed great weather on a lovely spring day in April, in July or August this hike would be unpleasant even early in the morning.

The pace is pretty slow because of the frequent stops to examine and explain things: the walk took almost 3 hours to cover 1.5 miles. But George's vast knowledge and amiable manner helped make the time fly by. He did a great job of answering questions and keeping folks entertained.

Visited April 2012
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“Amazing it was created in only one day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

This tour is a must if you are able and have the time. We have been on this tour about once a year since it was created and find it facinating and something new every time. Gorge was created on July 4th 2002 when flood waters crested the natural spillway for the first time ever. The gorge cuts through millions of years of geologic time and the knowledgeable tour docents have it all down pat. We have been on this tour from top to bottom and bottom to top trust me top to bottom is easiest but you reverse geologic time going down. Once a year they have a moonlight at the gorge festival if you happen to be there when it happens it is wonderful. Lots of fossils (sealife) the trails are becoming much safer and less strenuous but still require balance and stamina that many have found challenging. Great hike and a learning experience in summer take water good idea anytime actually.

Visited October 2011
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“Great if you like geology--”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

It's 10 bucks for a three hour tour. They make a big scary deal on the website about how strenuous it is, but it's really not. (Someone in my family didn't come because of all the warnings--she could have easily whipped through this!) All of it is downhill (often with stair steps) except one really short, steep stretch at the very end. Almost anyone who can walk pretty well can do this. Sometimes the rocks can be unstable as you step down, so go slow and you should be okay.

Anyway, this could easily be cut down to 1.5 hours if they just picked up the pace--it's very slow. And repetitive. We had a geologist lead the tour, and that has good points (lots of info) and not so good points (too much of the same thing, over and over again.) There is no shade! Cover up and wear sunscreen--some people got badly burned. Not really all that scenic (didn't take many pictures)--more just interesting (for a while). But this really drags on. You do see fossils (many are the same types in different places--all small sea life--snails, clams, etc--no big animals.) and there are fault lines (if you are in to that kind of thing--this is really for you!)

I think the walking distance is about 3 miles over 3 hours, so the going is extremely slow paced. For me, it was just way too long and plodding and repetitious. And I am a science nerd, but this was not really fun for me after an hour and a half or so.

Visited May 2011
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