Experience the wild side of the West! You can’t get more Western than Texas (sorry California, you don’t count), so pull on your boots and put on your hat. Get ready for a great time camping and exploring the city of San Antonio, all in one trip! Here are some great places to stay when you’re indulging your inner Texan.
Garner State Park. Get way out into nature! This state park offers campsites right on the Frio River. You can lose yourself (metaphorically, of course) in the miles and miles of trail and never stop finding new and interesting things to look at. You can also enjoy the river from the water or the banks. The cheapest way to enjoy the river is simply swimming, but you can bring an inner tube or even rent a paddle boat. On summer nights, the 70-year-old tradition of an outdoor summer dance continues to live on! If you enjoy volunteering, you can join a crew during your visit to help keep the park clean. After a day of hiking, swimming, and dancing, crash in a tent or a screened-in shelter at one of the many campsites. Then, wake up the next morning and do it all over again!
Alamo River RV Ranch and Campground. With tent sites, RV sites, cabins, and even a place for your horse to stay, Alamo River RV Ranch has it all! There’s even a hiking trail and a mile of shoreline along the Medina River. Get ready for some relaxation and fishing! If your horse is coming along with you, you can explore the trail by horseback rather than walking. Either way, you’ll enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the ranch.
San Antonio KOA. This place is all about location. Just a few minutes from downtown San Antonio, the local KOA provides an awesome place for campers to save money and stay in comfort while exploring all the best of the city. Go out and see the Alamo and the River Walk, then come back to the KOA for fun at the pool, the pedal carts, or the playground. Just behind the KOA campground is the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System. You can enjoy some fresh air and exercise while feasting your eyes on the natural surroundings and discovering creeks and wildlife.
Paradise Canyon. Stay right on the Medina River when you camp at Paradise Canyon. The staff members are known for their friendliness, and the cabins are always clean and well-kept. This is a great place to bring the whole family! You’ll enjoy splashing around in the water, fishing for large-mouth bass, and playing under the chilly waterfall. There are no radios allowed and little chance at cell reception, so you will really be able to unplug and enjoy the great outdoors.
Leisure Resort. With over 100 sites for all types of camping, you can definitely find something to fit your ideal camping situation. Of course, this isn’t exactly wilderness camping, but if you like maintained campgrounds and saving money on accommodations, then you’ll enjoy your time at Leisure Resort. You can hook up your RV, or you can stay in one of the guest cabins. The park offers tons of activities from horseshoes to chili cook-off events, and you can tube down the river nearby. This sure sounds like a lot more fun than crashing in a regular old hotel room!
Guadalupe State Park. With 94 campsites, you won’t have a difficult time setting up camp and kicking off your relaxing vacation in the wilderness. The main attraction at Guadeloupe State Park is the Guadeloupe River. You just swim in the river, or you can try your hand at catching a big one for dinner. If you like to tube or kayak, the river is a great place to do that, too! If you’d rather stay dry, there are plenty of things to do on shore, as well. You can hike or bike through the trails to scenic overlooks. Bing your camera, because the trails are too beautiful to leave uncaptured. If you have kids, be sure to sign them up for the Junior Ranger program.
By Breana Johnson