“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” — John Muir
By Shane Reynolds :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle
The nature trail system at Cordillera Ranch is a wonderful resource for walking and horseback riding. The landscape varies from season to season, as does the trail surface, and there are sections that connect to the parks on the Ranch. Walking the trails provides great exercise and offers an opportunity to expand your Hill Country flora and fauna knowledge.
Guided hikes in the fall.
Keep an eye on the fall calendar at the Club as we are planning on offering some guided hikes on the Ranch’s nature trail system. We’ve invited a few local naturalists to lead these interpretive hikes where participants will learn about the
history and the natural environment of the area. Prior to hitting the trails, the guides will share information about the German, Indian and Prehistoric history of the land that is now Cordillera Ranch and the surrounding area. Throughout each guided hike, participants will also learn about the assortment of trees, grasses, shrubs, mammals, birds, insects, rocks and more that make up the ecologically diverse landscape of the Texas Hill Country.
How to prepare for a hike on your own.
As with any outdoor outing in Texas, it’s wise to check the weather in advance and dress accordingly. Sturdy walking shoes are a must — flip flops are not a good choice for hiking the trails. Bring water and wear sun protection. Remember: Take only pictures and leave only footprints!
Map it out.
There are over 10 miles of trails on the Ranch, divided into three main sections: Cordillera Trace Trail, Rio Cordillera Trail and The Springs Trail. Each trail provides a chance to explore different areas of the Ranch, and include varied elevations, terrain, water features and distances. Pedestrian, equestrian and non-motorized bike access are the only allowed activities on the trail system. Many of our equestrian residents utilize the Cordillera Trace Trail system between the Equestrian Center and Spring Creek, so always be aware that you might encounter horses and riders.
1) The Cordillera Trace Trail winds its way through the original 4,200 acres. Starting at Pavilion Park (parking and restroom), it meanders through the Park Ridge area, crosses Cordillera Trace and continues west through Spring Creek Park and on to the Equestrian Center.
2) The Rio Cordillera Trail starts at Cordillera Trace then follows Falcon Point to our southern community boundary to the Swede Creek and Guadalupe River Parks and continues east to the FM 3351 gate.
3) The Springs of Cordillera Ranch Trail can be accessed via the new Springs Sports Park on the east side of FM 3351 where parking is available. Explore the newest areas of our community and view the future of Cordillera Ranch through The Springs and down through Panther Creek Park.
Trails are maintained on a regular basis by the POA. The park and trail map is available at the POA office in the new Visitors Center complex at 28 Cordillera Trace near the Highway 46 entrance to the community. You can also download this map at www.cordilleraranch.com/amenities.
Shane Reynolds is the Director of Recreation at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.616.6051.