Colorado Bend State Park
By Jennifer Gustafson
Colorado Bend State Park is home to hidden nature gems such as spring-fed swimming holes, waterfalls, caves, limestone bluffs, wildlife and six miles of riverfront access to the Colorado River. Geology aficionados will want to visit Gorman Falls. Gorman Falls is a 70 ft waterfall with travertine formations created through the slow accumulation of mineral deposits from the spring water. It is accessible through a 3-mile hike over rough terrain and, due to the fragile ecosystem, no swimming is allowed. Swimmers should head over to the Spicewood Springs trail which leads you to a series of spring-fed swimming holes.
Entrance Fees: Adults $5 and children 12 years and under are free
- Visit Gorman Falls- A 70-foot spring-fed travertine waterfall
- Hikers and Mountain Bikers – 35 miles of trails to enjoy
- Swimming – Spicewood Springs trail will lead you to a series of spring-fed swimming holes
- Fishing- 6 miles of Colorado River frontage access for fishing and boating
- Kayaking/ boating- Rent kayaks on-site or bring your own
- Caving- Over 400 caves to explore and tour reservations are required
- Backpacking & Camping – Primitive and tent sites available by reservation
Hours of Operation: Gate is open from 6:00 am- 10:00 pm. Spring and Summer are the busy season and when parking is full the park will close for up to 4 hours. Call the park for closure information.
- NOTE: The park is closed periodically throughout the hunting season (December-January).
Address: PO Box 118 Bend, TX 76824
GPS: Latitude N 31 01 22.40 Longitude W 98 26 32.67
Phone: (325) 628-3240