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Year-round adventure at Canyon of the Eagles

view of Lake Buchanan from the patio of a guest room at Canyon of the Eagles calibre resort, 16942 RR 2341 in Burnet. You can hike, swim, dine, and attend live music events at the resort year-round. Courtesy photo

Nature lovers looking for an outdoor getaway can visit Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park and Resort, 16942 RR 2341 in Burnet. The resort is open year-round with rentals and luxury dining, RV hookups and campsites, hiking, bird-watching, stargazing, swimming, and more.

Day Passes

Day passes are $8 for ages 11 and older. Children 10 and younger get in free. The park’s gatehouse entrance is open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Guests can hike 16 miles of nature trails or bring their own watercraft and fishing gear to use on Lake Buchanan. The park’s Seventh Circuit Labyrinth offers a moment of calm and meditation as guests quietly make their way toward the center of the pathway maze.

Bird-watchers should bring binoculars to try to catch a glimpse of the American bald eagles that nest on the grounds. While nesting season is usually between the months of October and March, eagles arrived early in 2021. The first was spotted at the beginning of August.

Guided nature walks are available by reservation for groups of up to 15 people for an additional $75 group fee. To schedule a guided tour, call Guest Services at 512-334-2070.

Live Music

Local and regional artists perform 8-10 p.m. every Saturday night on The Patio. The outdoor space allows plenty of room to follow physical distancing guidelines for COVID-19.

Overnight visitors get free admission to the concerts, while day-pass holders ages 11 and older must pay an $8 cover fee. Senior and military discounts are available. Cover fees are waived for those with dinner reservations at The Overlook Restaurant. Reservations may be made by calling 512-334-2070 ext. 109.

A schedule of upcoming performances, including a concert by country artist Felix Truvere on Oct. 30 and holiday concerts by Natalie Rose on Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, is available online.

Dining

Resort guests and day-pass holders can see breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country at The Overlook Restaurant while eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. The Eagles Nest Lounge has a full-service bar and a woodburning fireplace during the winter months.

Both the lounge and restaurant are open year-round. Hours of operation can be found on the resort’s website and may vary depending on resort occupancy and season. Menus are also available online.

Overnight Stays

Tent camping and RV hookups are available across the resort. Those who prefer an indoor experience can reserve any of the resort’s 61 guest rooms, which are private rooms that include bathrooms, private patio areas, and added amenities such as access to the resort pool and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Guests can reserve their campsites and guest rooms on the Canyon of the Eagles website. Prices vary depending on size and location.

Overnight visitors have exclusive access to resort amenities and programs such as free guided nature hikes and nightly campfires. Kayak rentals and access to the Eagle Eye Observatory are available for an additional fee.

Eagle Eye Observatory

Overnight guests learn about the night sky during one-hour sessions hosted at the Eagle Eye Observatory. Astronomers use the observatory’s five telescopes to show attendees the best view of constellations and planets.

One-hour sessions are offered at 9 p.m., 10 p.m., and 11 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. All sessions are weather dependent.

Admission is $10 per guest with a maximum of 15 guests per session. Private sessions for groups up to 15 are available for $150. Session reservations should be made during check-in or by calling 512-334-2070.

Visit the resort’s website for maps, dining menus, and more information on available activities.

brigid@thepicayune.com

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