805 North Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, TX 78746
Sunrise to Sunset
(Today's sunrise is 07:05 am and sunset is 06:23 pm)
Creative Research Center Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities and Amenities
Artist in residence
Classroom and meeting space
No Reservations required
Know Before You Go
There is no electricity or drinking water.
Educational Programs and Events
Wild Basin offers educational events, guided hikes for the public and school groups, volunteer workdays, and classroom space. For more information about these resources, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, call 512-327-7622, or see this website.
The following are prohibited:
- Collection of sticks, rocks, or artifacts
- Glass containers
- Ground fires
- Hiking outside of designated trails
- Picnicking except on deck of Creative Research Center
- Public display of consumption of alcohol
- Tobacco products
For more information, view the Parks Rules and Safety page.
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is managed as part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) and consists of 227 acres of beautiful Hill Country woodlands owned jointly by Travis County (164.4 acres) and St. Edwards University (62.6 acres).
The BCP encompasses more than 31,000 acres of endangered species habitat owned by Travis County, the City of Austin, The Nature Conservancy, the Lower Colorado River Authority, Travis Audubon Society, and private landowners. The BCP represents a regional effort to balance protection of endangered species habitat with economic development. For more information about BCP, contact BCCP@traviscountytx.gov.
Wild Basin is open to visitors who can hike the 2.5 miles of trails and can visit the Wild Basin Creative Research Center. The Creative Research Center, which is owned and operated by St. Edwards University, functions as the information and welcome hub of Wild Basin. It serves both the visiting public and facilitates student education and research at Wild Basin.
Wild Basin provides habitat for the endangered Golden-cheeked warbler as well as many other native plant and wildlife species. It also contributes to clean air and water and provides a unique opportunity for people to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about nature.