Travis County Parks
News & Alerts
Please Note: Apple iOS maps currently give incorrect directions to Reimers Ranch park. Please use a different provider while they adjust their system.
ALERT: Astronomical Observatory - Reimers Observatory Now Requiring Reservations – The public is invited to visit our astronomical observatory during an evening program. We have two large telescopes. Come view celestial objects and learn about the night sky. Due to the popularity of the programs, reservations are now required. For more information, see our Reimers Observatory web page at this link: Reimers Observatory.
Mountain Biking Trails Status: The bike trails are open. They sometimes close after significant rain.
Road to Beach Open to Vehicles for Unloading: The road to the beach is open again for unloading and picking up people and equipment. Parking on the beach is prohibited. We close the beach access road for public safety reasons during the busy summer swimming season when both vehicular and pedestrian traffic are very high.
Monthly Bird Walks: October through April. Starts at 7:30 am on the 1st Saturday of the month. Two hours in duration. All levels of birders are welcome.
Included in the regular park entrance fee. Park staff will escort you on a birding walk about 2 to 3 miles long, on relatively flat trails. We recommend you bring your binoculars, sturdy shoes, and drinking water. Expect to see birds in a variety of habitats. Reimers Ranch has a variety of habitats with many wintering sparrows.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU COME
1. Activities at Reimers Ranch Park include rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming, fishing, hiking, and equestrian trail riding.
2. The park is open from 7 am to twilight. We do NOT allow camping.
3. Fees are $10 per vehicle. Vehicles with a Senior Citizen ( 62 years) or a Disabled Vet (60%) are not charged.
4. We accept cash and local checks. We do NOT accept credit cards.
5. Pets are allowed, but must remain on leash at all times.
6. Glass bottles and public display of alcohol consumption are not allowed.
7. Cooking grills are allowed, but they must be above ground and not pose a fire hazard. You can burn gas and charcoal, but not wood due to the flying embers. The park does not provide cooking grills.
8. Swimming takes place in the Pedernales River. Swimmers usually hike about 300 yards from the parking lot to the river. On busy summer weekends and holidays, the hike might be as long as a half-mile.
9. The Mountain Bike Trails close down after a significant rain to maintain their integrity. They re-open after they have thoroughly dried. Check with the fee booth staff for current status of the mountain bike trails.
10. Rock climbing and mountain biking are inherently hazardous activities. Please read the warning signs at the beginning of the trail heads leading to these activity areas.
This pristine parkland, open space and reserve land in western Travis County with almost 3 miles of continuous frontage along the Pedernales River is the largest parkland acquisition in the history of Travis County
The Reimers Ranch parcel is already well known and well loved by many potential park users. The sizeable Central Texas rock-climbing community views Reimers Ranch as a destination with world class rock climbing. The active local mountain biking community likewise enjoys Reimers Ranch’s over 18 miles of trails through the classic Central Texas landscape. Local anglers have come to Reimers’ for generations to fish for white bass in the Pedernales River. The Pogue Springs Preserve/Hogge Reserve component of the land acquisition is less known but equally spectacular with Pedernales River frontage, deep canyons and panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country.
The land acquisition includes 1,267 acres purchased from Milton and Joy Reimers and a contiguous 1,160 acres purchased from Hogge Canyon Springs, Ltd., a Texas limited partnership. The acquisition consists of 505 acres of the Reimers tract along the Pedernales River, which will become the Travis County Milton Reimers Ranch Park, along with a 29 acre tract for public access, 733 acres of Reimers Parkland Reserve, 500 acres of Pogue Springs Preserve and 660 acres of Hogge Parkland Reserve, for a total acquisition of 2,427 acres of parks and open space.
Day use only park. No camping allowed.
For information call the Travis County Parks reservation desk at (512) 854-PARK (7275).
Ground fires are prohibited in all day use parks. Glass containers and fireworks are prohibited in all Travis County parks. Public display of consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
Our granite trail is currently being reconstructed after damage from heavy rains. Visitors might experience some hazardous trail conditions while improvements are being made.
Prescribed burns are periodically conducted at Reimers Ranch Park. The prescribed burns are part of the ongoing management of the Park and are being implemented to improve grassland health, remove invasive shrubs, and reduce fuel loads. Reducing fuel loads could help reduce the intensity of future wildfires inside the park. We will post an alert notice on this web page before we close down for a prescribed burn.
Guided Tours: October through April. Saturdays at 10 am, weather permitting. Two hours in duration.
Limited to the first 30 participants. Included in the regular park entrance fee. Hike into the backcountry area of the park where vehicles are not allowed. Park staff will talk about the natural history of the land. The hike is about 2 to 3 miles long. Sturdy shoes and drinking water are recommended.