Mountain biking at Canyon of the Eagles

Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park and Resort on Lake Buchanan is adding more mountain biking trails, especially for beginning riders, in the spring of 2024. Courtesy photo

In the spring of 2024, Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park and Resort is adding a fleet of rental mountain bikes to use on freshly built, family-friendly trails and launching an adventure hub with a gear shop, 3-D archery rentals, and grab-and-go lunches. The resort also brought in a New York chef with a new menu to The Overlook Restaurant and is revamping several of the meeting rooms. 

“It’s a recreational hot spot,” said Morgan Fiorino, who handles sales, events, and partnerships for Canyon of the Eagles, 16942 RR 2341 in Burnet on Lake Buchanan.

Vista Recreation took over management of the Lower Colorado River Authority property in April 2023. The company partners with public land management agencies across the United States, including two others in Texas: Lake Fayette Oak Thicket Park and Lake Fayette Park Prairie Park. 

Mountain bike rentals will include electric options that can be used on more than 4 miles of new trails. More mountain biking paths are under construction. 

“The area has become a hub for the biking community, but what we noticed at those parks is that they are not all that beginner accessible,” Fiorino said. “We’re really excited to be that entry-level mountain biking spot. We want our visitors to be able to try mountain biking for the first time at Canyon of the Eagles.” 

Gear rental, including 3-D archery equipment, and a grab-and-go cafe, will be combined with a high-end gear shop near the lakefront. 

The resort’s famous Eagle Eye Observatory is holding a three-part astrophotography workshop on March 2 and March 9-10 with professional photographer/astrophotographer Phil Ostroff.

Astronomer Jim Sheets and Ostroff share astronomer duties at the observatory. Sheets opens the retractable roof and lines up the telescopes on Thursday through Sunday nights, weather permitting. Ostroff takes astronomer duties Mondays and Tuesdays.

Other resort highlights are 16 miles of hiking trails through beautiful Central Texas countryside, renovated meeting spaces, and The Overlook Restaurant with new Executive Chef David Ralston. 

“The restaurant menu is completely new and includes handmade, healthy options,” Fiorino said. 

Outside of the restaurant is a s’mores firepit, and just a short walk away is the Seven Circuit Labyrinth, which is registered with the worldwide Labyrinth Society. 

Guests have several options for overnight stays. Canyon of the Eagles offers 61 eco-friendly rooms that peer out over Lake Buchanan. The 25 RV sites can accommodate large rigs on asphalt pads up to 87 feet. Or, you can go camping in three different areas, including hike-in or drive-up sites. 

Day-use passes are also available.

Canyon of the Eagles is located at 16942 RR 2341 in Burnet. Call 512-334-2070 or visit for more information.