Government Canyon Visitor Center
The Government Canyon Visitor Center floats in a field of native grasses and oaks at the mouth of the canyon, forming a gateway to the 8,600-acre Government Canyon State Natural Area. Located in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, the building demonstrates sustainable water use practices by conserving water, collecting rainwater, minimizing run-off and contaminants, and reducing ground water use. The canyon’s rich ranching history is expressed in the simple exposed steel pipe structure. The program included an exhibit hall, Texas State Park store, classrooms, offices, screened pavilion, amphitheatre, and trails.
Photography: Chris Cooper