Wild Basin is open for hiking every day. 

The preserve offers almost three miles of beautiful trails for hiking. On weekdays, there is no day use fee and no reservations are required. To visit on weekends and holidays, reservations are required and a nominal day use fee is charged. 

Wild Basin is a nature preserve, where everything is protected. Please stay on the trails and follow The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace during your visit. Pets, bikes, smoking/fire, weapons, picnics, and collecting are prohibited. 

Parking is limited, and the entrance gate will close whenever the parking area is full. Currently, the Visitor Center is closed and no water is available on site. A portable restroom is located in the parking lot.



Hiking in Wild Basin

Book a reservation for weekends and holidays. 

If you want to visit Wild Basin on a weekend or holiday, you’ll need to reserve a hiking pass. Simply book online, or call (512) 327-7622 to learn more and make your reservation.

We are now accepting weekend and holiday reservations through October 31, 2021.

Reserve a Hiking Pass



Self-guided hiking from sunrise to sunset.

No guided hikes or in-person programs are offered at this time. The preserve is open for self-guided hiking every day from sunrise to sunset, with reservations required for weekends and holidays. 

Be prepared for rugged Hill Country terrain and varying weather conditions. Bring water to carry with you on the trail, and you may also want to bring this Wild Basin trail map

Trail Guide



Visitor Center

Looking forward to re-opening our Visitor Center. 

Our Visitor Center is currently closed, except to staff members of the St. Edward’s University Wild Basin Creative Research Center. 

We look forward to re-opening our Visitor Center, which hosts a number of educational and delightful interactive exhibits.

Wild Basin is co-owned and co-managed by Travis County and St. Edward's University. We look forward to your visit.