Texas Forts Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Bend: Colorado Bend State Park

Photo by TxDOT

Located west of Lampasas in San Saba and Lampasas Counties, the park covers the former Gorman and Lemons Ranches above Lake Buchanan, and features slow moving water through the beautiful canyon lands of the Colorado River. The park offers the outdoor enthusiast with opportunities for primitive camping, hiking, mountain biking, caving, fishing, swimming, paddling, birding and wildlife viewing, as well as guided tours to Gorman Falls and some of the park's cave systems. Primitive (backpack-in), tent (walk-in), and drive-in camping is available.


  • 6031 Colorado Park Road
  • Bend, Texas
  • 76824


Hours & Fees

  • Open 7 days a week year-round, except for public hunts.

  • Adults: $5, Children (Ages 12 and younger): Free

Map & Directions

The park is west of Lampasas, southeast of San Saba. From the intersection of US Highways 281 and 183 in Lampasas, take FM 580 west 24 miles to Bend and follow the signs 4 miles to the park entrance. From San Saba, take US Highway 190 about 4 miles to FM 580 and follow the signs 13 miles to Bend; follow the signs 4 miles to the park entrance (2 miles of dirt road). The headquarters and main camping are 6 miles past the entrance on the dirt road (unmarked County Road 442). (Access road subject to flooding.) Note: No Gasoline Service in Bend.