Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area

Wildflower fanatics frolic in a field of bluebonnets at Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area near Spicewood. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey

Some of the best access points to the fabled hills and shores of the Highland Lakes are through the numerous Lower Colorado River Authority parks and recreation areas. The LCRA is best known for its management of water and energy in Central Texas, but it has also cultivated awesome outdoor opportunities, including at Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area.

Muleshoe Bend is tucked away behind Spicewood on a picturesque stretch of County Road 414. It is one of the largest LCRA parks at 471 acres and offers some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities in the Highland Lakes. Aside from its 41 campsites, 10 miles of hiking trails, and easy access to Lake Travis, Muleshoe Bend hosts an unbelievable sea of wildflowers every spring.

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A field of bluebonnets sits beneath the shadow of a passing cloud on the eastern edge of Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area near Spicewood. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey

The rising tide of bluebonnets that washes over the park in March draws visitors from across Central Texas. It can’t be understated how impressive it is to see a small ocean of flowers swaying in the breeze under a clear, blue sky. Muleshoe Bend is a MUST-visit during wildflower season, but even without spring’s botanical bounty, it is a wonderful spot to experience the natural beauty of the Highland Lakes.

A small park road loops through the property and gives easy access to trailheads and the campsites that hug the shores of Lake Travis. The trails are multi-use, so bringing a horse or a mountain bike isn’t out of the question, and the lake can be accessed at the park’s boat ramp.

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The 10 miles of trails at Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area are multi-use, but it’s best to know where your horse and bike are welcome before you go. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey

A total 10 miles of trails are split among eight paths, the longest one being the Great Escape Trail at 6.5 miles.

The campsites are spacious and nestled among stands of manicured mesquite. Outdoor showers, restrooms, potable water, and ice are available for civilized campers.

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The campsites at Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area are perfect for hammocks and tents. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey

If you are dead set on seeing the spring spectacle of wildflowers, you will not be disappointed. The best views are in the wide-open spaces along the far eastern fields of the Muleshoe Bend peninsula. Park staff will offer directions and plenty of signage will guide you down the right path.

I saw the flowers for myself in March, and it was beyond any expectations I had. The solid sea of bluebonnets waved in the breeze and dominated the landscape. The scent of the flowers rode the wind, and it was all encompassing. 

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Bluebonnets aren’t the only wildflowers at Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area. As spring progresses, a wider variety of flowers will replace them. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey

Make sure you see the flowers for yourself this spring or plan ahead for a future visit. Be a decent human being and don’t stomp all over them trying to get a selfie.


WHERE: 2820 CR 414 in Spicewood, Texas

HOURS: Sunrise to sunset


Day entrance: 

  • Ages 13 and older — $5
  • Ages 12 and younger — Free
  • Seniors 65 and older — $2
  • Horse and rider — $12

Facility rental:

(Two-day entrance fees included)

  • Campsite — $25
  • Group campsite — $35

Equipment rental:

  • QuietKat electric bike — $65 for a full day (6 hours)


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A couple takes their dog on a trot through the flowers at Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey
  • Pets are allowed
  • Great fishing opportunities
  • Restrooms on site
  • Designated equine trails