Reimers Ranch

  • 23610 Hamilton Road, Dripping Springs
  • ~40-50 minutes from Austin
  • Cost: $3-5
  • 7 a.m. to civil twilight daily

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — The Texas Hill Country is known for its wondrous natural beauty, and Milton Reimers Ranch Park is one of many Travis County parklands enchanting thrill seekers within Central Texas.

Located off Hamilton Road in Dripping Springs, Reimers Ranch features an astronomy observatory, equestrian trail riding, hiking, biking trails, rock climbing and swimming. With more than 2,400 acres on site, the park is open every day from 7 a.m. to civil twilight.

  • trail with fallen leaves and sign saying stay on trail
  • two people rock climbing
  • sign for climber's canyon
  • people fishing on the river
  • people biking through a field
  • person rock climbing on a cliff

Situated in western Travis County, Reimers Ranch includes “almost 3 miles of continuous frontage along the Pedernales River” and is Travis County’s largest parkland acquisition, according to the Travis County Parks Department. More than 18 miles of trails cut through the park’s landscape.

While beloved in the Austin region, Reimers Ranch has gained international acclaim. On Nov. 9, 2021, Reimers Ranch was named an “International Dark Sky Park” by the International Dark Sky Association. Parks named to this designation are known for their significantly starry night skies that are protected for natural, educational and public enjoyment.

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