Escape wintry weather for a family adventure that doesn’t require 3D graphics or a lot of standing in line.
Canyon of the Eagles on Lake Buchanan in the Texas Hill Countrty offers acres of wildflowers, unique rock formations and opportunities to scan the sky for birds, butterflies or faraway constellations.
Activities at the 940-acre nature range from extreme adventures to simply unpluging from the electronic matrix in a rocking chair on aporch with a spectacular view from one of 62 hilltop guest rooms.
Guided hikes introduce visitors to the plants, birds and reptiles that make their home along the shore of Lake Buchanan. Tour guides also share stories of the cultural history of the area. Interpretive programs cover the building of the Lake Buchanan Dam, the Native American occupation and European settlement.
More than 14 miles of improved trails cover fairly gentle terrain so they’re appropriate for all ages who can walk on level terrain with little assistance. Wildflowers carpet the area from March to May, but there’s plenty of spectacular flora and fauna throughout the year.
Hikers who can manage rocky paths can dive into an aquatic program along the lake shore
After dark, the roof of the Eagle Eye Observatory rolls open Tuesday through Saturday nights. Astronomers help visitors identify galaxies constellations and other objects moving through the sky.
One area attraction that qualifies for the bucket list for most nature lovers is the Vanishing Texas River Cruise, a two-hour trip on the Colorado River with amazing scenery and a glimpse of the bald eagles that nest in the area among many other wildlife species.
Canyon of the Eagles also offers family-friendly movies under the stars each night (weather
permitting). The recently redecorated cottage rooms at Canyon of Eagles do not include TVs, but the Eagle’s Nest is equipped with a big-screen TV if guests needed to stave off withdrawal. Rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi.
The full-service restaurant offers everything from burgers to fine dining.
The resort partners with Buchanan Adventure Tours (BAT) for kayaking, canoeing and paddle
boarding. Equipment rentals and experts are on-hand to help you master the basic skills needed to try out a new sport, including geocaching, a high-tech scavenger hunt.
BAT guides you to magnificent cascading waterfalls and the area’s unique geology — none of which require extreme endurance levels.
If you want a hard-core adventure that will test your limits, they’ll help plan and equip you for that as well.
Reveille Peak Ranch schedules additional events overlooking Lake Buchanan and Ink’s Lake, especially adventure runs and mountain biking events.
If wine and fine dining are more your style, 25 wineries are within an hour drive of Canyon of the Eagles.
The resort frequently serves as a base camp for trips to Longhorn Caverns State Park or horseback rides at Colbert Ranch.
For more information, contact Canyon of Eagles at www.CanyonOfTheTeagles.com or 800-977-0081 or Reveille Peak Ranch at www.rprtexas.com.