This massive dome of pink granite is a go-to spot when out in the Texas Hill Country. It’s taken off in popularity so now lines will form and tickets will be given out to handle the influx of daily hikers.
Legends refer to the Tonkawa Indians who considered the dome to be haunted by spirits due to the sounds of creaking and groaning caused by natural heating and cooling of the rocks—spirits believed to have the power to cast spells on any intruders.
A captive conquistador who escaped the Tonkawas by finding refuge on the dome claimed to have been “swallowed” by the rock to join the spirits inhabiting the place.
Today, the granite dome is the highlight of the 1,643-acre park and continues to entrance visitors that are drawn to its summit.
I’ve been many times before throughout my childhood and hiking the rock is an excellent escape from the city. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot wildlife such as roadrunners, rock and fox squirrels, armadillos, rabbits, white-tailed deer, lizards, and vultures.
The plant life is resilient and amazing to see how life finds a way. Lichen covered rocks, and Spanish moss hang from dry trees.
A field of cacti, some with their purple bulbs still waiting to bloom.
The hike is relatively easy and can be done in less than an hour. It’s equivalent to walking up a flight of stairs in a 30-40 floor building.
Enchanted Rock stands as the most massive batholith in Texas and the second largest in the United States, making it one of the truly great places to check out.