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Warbler Vista Trail Signs

Welcome to the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge! 

   (Check in is NOT REQUIRED at the Headquarters before using the trails at Doeskin Ranch and Warbler Vista or the Shin Oak Observation Deck; maps for all trails are available at each site and at the Headquarters entrance.)   

Refuge Headquarters

Open from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday excluding Federal Holidays.   
 Refuge info and area map    

Here, refuge staff and volunteers are available to provide you with maps, brochures and checklists and let you know what's happening on the refuge. This is also where the business of the refuge is conducted.  Please note, the entrance gate is timed to open and close automatically just before and just after regular business hours.   

DIRECTIONS:  The refuge headquarters is northwest of Austin, Texas.  It is located on FM 1431 approximately five miles west of Lago Vista, one mile east of the intersection with Cow Creek Road/CR328.  Go to the  maps section of this website for additional directions. The lat/long for the refuge headquarters is 30.506769 and -98.024185.  

 Refuge Trails 

Doeskin Ranch, Warbler Vista and the Shin Oak Observation Deck

Free of charge, open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

Trail maps

his is where you can enjoy wildlife-related activities, including wildlife watching, hiking, and photography. Enjoy your public lands!     


Special Events and Activities: 

The refuge offers many exciting special events and activities!  Check out the Events CalendarEnvironmental Education and For Educator pages for fun things to do. Or go to for more special events and activities.

More help is at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. 

For information on nearby lodging and businesses, contact the Lago Vista/Jonestown Chamber of Commerce at 512-267-7952 or visit their website.  You can also find more lodging information at








Page Photo Credits — Bill Williams River
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2016
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