Where do you find the best bluebonnets around Austin? One of our favorite places to see them every year is at Muleshoe Bend Park, located near Spicewood, Texas, about 45 minutes west of Austin. This 654-acre park is managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority or LCRA. It has 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, along with several miles of dirt road that runs parallel to the Colorado River (the one in Texas). If spring wildflowers and blue candies are your thing, this is the place to visit from mid-March to mid-April each year.
Many families come to Muleshoe Bend Park every spring to take pictures among the flowers, which can vary in density depending on the spring rainfall. There are times when the entire stretch of the lake shore of the park looks covered with a huge rolling blue carpet of wildflowers.
Precautions Covid-19: Visitors are required to wear a mask when using the toilet and when visiting the park office, as well as to maintain appropriate social distance throughout the park.
Best time to visit Muleshoe Bend Park to see the Bluebonnets
Texas blue bonnets (which are the state flower) last only a little longer than a ball of Blue Bell ice cream does on a hot summer day, so you’ll want to know when they’ll bloom. The number for the park office is 512-473-3366 and if they are not busy checking customers, the friendly staff will be happy to inform you about the flowering and other conditions in the park.
We recommend from mid-March to mid-April; however, spring rains can cause flowering to occur earlier or later in the year. Weekdays are usually the best time to travel – if you’re lucky enough to be able to visit then – as the weekends can get a little crowded during the peak of the flowering season.
Dogs are welcome – Be careful
Well-behaved dogs are welcome if kept on a leash. When enjoying wildflowers, try not to allow your dogs or your own feet to step on the delicate flowers. Find a bare spot among the flowers to take your picture and step lightly while they are in the process of producing seeds for next year’s flower harvest.
Warning: LCRA reported that toxic algae were found in the lake water nearby. This algae bloom is the result of stagnant water, which occurs when lake levels fall. Several dogs became ill after swimming in Lake Travis in areas where toxic algae bloom (not the good kind of flowering). To be safe, it is best not to allow your dogs to drink or swim in the lake at this time.
Taxi and camping
Admission to Muleshoe Bend Park is only $ 5 per adult, and children under 12 are free. Retirees can enter for $ 2. If you are camping, the fee is $ 25, which includes the entrance fee for two people.
There are 34 campsites that are well located from each other. Depending on the level of the lake at that time – Lake Travis varies considerably in level – you may be no more than a few meters from the water’s edge. We will be camping there next weekend, so our next post will contain more in-depth information about camping at Muleshoe Bend Park.
Below, a patch of rare white blue bonnets: