The Escarpment Training Camp is meant for athletes of all abilities as long as you have the experience and capacity to complete back-to-back days of running 4-6 hours. You can come to camp with no specific race goal in mind and learn from great coaches while gaining fitness or you can use this camp as a launching pad for your winter race schedule.
The Escarpment Training Camp
06:00 PM (CST)
Friday November 22, 2019
- Runner Checkin by 6:00 pm
- Dinner and weekend overview + training topic 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Run 6-7 hours (3 groups and time varies based on group ability)
- 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Downtime (nap, shower, eat, etc.)
- 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Dinner and training topic 2
- 8:00 am - 1:00 pm - Run 4-5 hours (3 groups and time varies based on group ability)
- 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Runner debrief and checkout
Government Canyon State Natural Area - 12861 Galm Rd, San Antonio, TX 78254
- There is ample parking at the park headquarters and in the day use area for those not staying on site.
- For those staying on site, there is parking at the group campsite or at the park headquarters
Park Entrance Fees
Park entrance fees are covered for all camp participants. Guests must pay their own entry fee. You can pay for spectator entry fees on the Texas State Park's reservation system and print your park pass prior to leaving for the race. This will speed your entry into the park.
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Water has shaped the stories of this landscape from the beginning.
Around 110 million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period, water brought dinosaurs here. Two kinds of ancient giants left their tracks on what was a beach, along the Gulf of Mexico’s early reaches.
Today, you can take a strenuous hike to a creek bed to see tracks. Scientists believe these are tracks of theropods, three-toed, two-legged animals who ate meat; and much larger sauropods, round-footed, four-legged animals who ate plants.
Much later, Native Americans passed through the canyon, often camping near springs.
Still later, European immigrants began exploring the canyon’s floodplain area, looking for minerals and rich soil.
The clear springs, fertile floodplains and lush grasslands supported farming and ranching in this area from 1860 until fairly recently. Families like the Hoffmanns, Zizelmanns, and Kallisons depended on the supply of fresh water to support themselves and their livestock.
In the early 1850s, government surveyors laid out a military supply route through this area to western forts. Military personnel from Fort Sam Houston blazed the road. The Joe Johnston Road, as it was known, ran from San Antonio to Bandera.
The locals’ nickname for the project – the “government road” that was being built through the “government’s canyon” – stuck. We call it Government Canyon to this day.
In the zone
San Antonio’s dependence on the aquifer’s fresh water grew with the city’s population. Locals became concerned about development over the aquifer’s Recharge Zone in the 1980s. Water began connecting people around a common cause.
Civic and environmental groups formed the Government Canyon Coalition in 1991. The groups hoped to buy the property and protect it from development.
A state natural area was about to be born.
Government Canyon State Natural Area protects 12,244 acres in northwest Bexar County. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department began purchasing the land in 1993. Partners included Edwards Aquifer Authority, San Antonio Water System, the Trust for Public Land, City of San Antonio and Bexar County.
The Natural Area opened on Oct. 15, 2005.
We will provide camping at a group campsite. If you wish to camp alone, you may make a reservation through the State Park's reservation system.