Reimers Ranch: A Texas gem is pre­served

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For years, the Reimers fam­ily al­lowed vis­i­tors to take in the splen­dor of their beau­ti­ful ranch on the Ped­er­nales River, with its stun­ning di­ver­sity of land­scapes — from deep canyons with rugged cliffs to hik­ing and bik­ing trails unequalled in the Lone Star State.

But as growth be­gan to en­croach on the ranch, Travis County vot­ers agreed to pur­chase 2,427 acres and pre­serve it as a pub­lic wilder­ness area.

Unique among Texas Hill Coun­try parks, Reimers Ranch has been left just as the county found it — wild and wide open. It is home to what is largely re­garded as some of the most unique climb­ing fea­tures to be found any­where. Climbers from all over the world visit the ranch to test their skill against the rock.

For hik­ers and moun­tain bik­ers, its 18 miles of trails through the clas­sic Cen­tral Texas land­scape and an­glers say this three-mile bend in the Ped­er­nales River is renowned for its white bass fish­ing. Swim­mers also hail its sand-rock beaches and cool, clear wa­ter.

Reimers Ranch is dot­ted with breath­tak­ing views that have at­tracted rock climbers since the 1980s, with its high lime­stone bluffs along the Ped­er­nales River.

“This is some of the best climb­ing found any­where in the world,” ex­plained Bob Freels, an avid climber and reg­u­lar at Reimers Ranch. “There are more than 200 routes here. Its nat­u­ral stone walls re­quire some of the most chal­leng­ing climb­ing manuev­ers. I’ve been climb­ing at some pretty ex­otic places in the world

that are not on par with Reimers Ranch. As a climber, it was a big mo­ti­va­tion for mov­ing to this area.”

For bik­ers, the nar­row one-way course of­fers an eight-mile trail for novices and an 18-mile chal­lenge for the more se­ri­ous bik­ers.

But what make s Reimers Ranch spe­cial is its un­touched beauty. The park is a des­ti­na­tion for bird­ers, too. One par­tic­u­larly frag­ile sec­tion of the park is the Pogue Springs Pre­serve, which is open only for guided tours.

To reach Reimers Ranch from Drip­ping Springs, from U.S. 290, take Ranch Road 12 Turn left on FM 3238 (Hamil­ton Pool Road). The park is a few miles down on the right. Take the three mile park road to the Mil­ton Reimers home­stead, where an $8 fee per ve­hi­cle is charged.

There’s no potable wa­ter, so bring plenty to drink. And cell phones of­ten can­not ob­tain a sig­nal.

For in­for­ma­tion call the Travis County Parks reser­va­tion desk at (512) 854-PARK (7275).

Reimers Ranch ar­guably has the best hik­ing and bik­ing trails in Texas.

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