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‘Save the Day’ Pass Makes Getting Into Texas State Parks Easier

Enchanted Rock covers 640 acres and rises 425 feet. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

If you’ve ever headed to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area only to be turned away before even getting to the entrance because the park was full, then check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s “Save the Day” pass.

It’s available through the park’s reservation system.

You can now purchase a day pass up to one month in advance of your trip. This guarantees access to the park even during busy times like weekends, holidays, and school breaks. Day passes for some of Texas’s most popular state parks, such as Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Pedernales Falls State Park, have specific arrival time slots.

So if you purchase a day pass for Enchanted Rock State Natural Area with an entry from 6:30-8:30 a.m. on a specific day, you can head to the facility knowing you will get in during that time.

“We’re excited to introduce these helpful features to park visitors and provide a new way to efficiently schedule a trip, either for a day or overnight, to any Texas state park,” said Rodney Franklin, director of state parks. “These give parkgoers the ability to plan their perfect state park vacation, no matter where and when they travel.”

The new system allows people to reserve a specific campsite, purchase day passes in advance, or renew a Texas State Parks Pass online.

Anyone planning overnight trips to a state park can now choose a specific site when making reservations up to five months in advance. Photos and details of campsites, shelters, and cabins are available online, so campers can pick their site before arriving at the park.

Families and large groups can also select and reserve neighboring sites, so they can enjoy the outdoors together.

All existing park reservations have been moved to the new system and are secure. Any customers experiencing issues may contact Customer Service at (512) 389-8900.

People can also renew or purchase a Texas State Parks Pass online. With this pass, an entire vehicle of guests gets unlimited park visits to more than 90 state parks with no entry fee for 12 months. Check out the TPWD’s website and parks page for more information.

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