Reimers Ranch: A Texas gem is preserved
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.