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Medina River Natural Area Facility Reservation Info

Cottonwood Group Campsite

  • Cottonwood Camp has six tent pads, a pavilion with two picnic tables, composting toilets, a large BBQ pit, and potable water. There is NO electricity. There is one designated trail to the river at the campground. Tent pads are large, and can fit more than one tent.
  • Reservations must be made in person at the Ron Darner Headquarters building at: 5800 Old Highway 90 West.  Camping fee is $20 per night for the entire facility (fees may change without notice).
  • Campers MUST contact park staff to arrange access to the campground.  Call (210) 207-3103 or (210) 207-5320.  Park staff need AT LEAST one day advance notice to rent the campground (crew must clean, mow and prepare the campsite).
  • Campers must follow all rules posted at the campground.
  • Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 1 p.m.
  • Overflow parking is allowed along the campground entrance road.
  • Collection of firewood is NOT allowed; please bring your own firewood.  Ground/campfires are not allowed; fires are only allowed in the BBQ pit.


Park Pavilion Reservation

  • The pavilion is usually first-come-first-served; however, you may reserve it for large events.
  • Reservations must be made in person at the Ron Darner Headquarters building at: 5800 Old Highway 90 West.  The fee is $50 for 4 hours (Monday – Thursday) and $100 for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (fees may change without notice).
  • Electricity is available, but must be turned on for the event; the pavilion user MUST call park staff prior to their reservation to make sure electricity is turned on.
  • All park rules apply.  Piñatas, blow up slides, jumping castles, loud music, and alcohol are NOT ALLOWED.
  • Reservations at night are not allowed (reservation must be made for hours when the park is open).

Other Information

  • Dogs (on a leash) are allowed.  Voice command will not suffice.
  • Fishing is allowed in designated areas only (you must must have a license and follow all State laws), biking, bird/wildlife watching, canoeing/kayaking (must use the ONE designated launch/recovery site; this means they must either find a take-out site outside of the park OR paddle back upstream and take-out in the same designated spot they launched from), hiking, running. NO horseback riding, skateboarding, or motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs) allowed on trails. NO Swimming or water contact allowed.
  • Other camping:  The Land Heritage Institute nearby has a campground that allows RV’s and has electricity; they also allow horses.  http://www.landheritageinstitute.org/