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When was the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge established?  1992

How big is it?  27,500 acres.

Why is it here?  To conserve the nesting habitat for the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo.

What can I do there?  The refuge was established for the benefit of wildlife so you can enjoy wildlife-dependent activities, including wildlife watching, hiking, hunting, wildlife photography and many special events hosted throughout the year.  The refuge also has many environmental education opportunities. 

Where is it?  The refuge is about 45 minutes northwest of Austin, Texas.  Check out the map page for directions.

What do I need to bring?  You should always wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes.  Bring water and protection from the heat/cold.  Binoculars will come in handy!

What facilities does the refuge have?  The refuge's Headquarters, Doeskin Ranch and Warbler Vista all have accessible restrooms.  The Shin Oak Observation Deck does not.  There is accessible parking at all locations. 

When is it open and is there an entry fee? The public use areas (Doeskin Ranch on FM 1174 in Bertram, Warbler Vista 5-miles west of Lago Vista on FM 1431, and the Shin Oak Observation Deck on FM 1869 near Liberty Hill) are open free of charge every day sunrise to sunset.   

Can I bring my dog
?  Pets are not allowed on the refuge.

How can I get a job with the refuge
?  All federal jobs, including those with the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, are announced and can be applied for at

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2016
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