The San Antonio Missions Trail is a 10-mile extension of San Antonio's Riverwalk. It includes the city's four missions, along with the Alamo. While the trail is open 24 hours, the missions are only open with staff available from 9 am to 7 pm in summer, and 9 am to 5:30 pm the rest of the year. Access to the grounds remains open all the time, and Fido is welcome to go with you on the trail and on mission grounds on leash, but not in any buildings. Admission is free if you have a friend or companion who can stay outside with your pup!
This is a hike-and-bike trail, which means that hikers need to stay to the right with their leashed doggos and control their leashes to avoid nasty mishaps. Pups who are allowed to walk to the left of their humans, stretching across the trail, will cause mayhem.
It's pretty certain Fido will be completely distracted by the wildlife along this trail while you ooh and aah over the unique vegetation like prickly pear cactus, agarita berry bushes and pecan trees! For the pupper, views of turtles, non-poisonous snakes (mostly), pelicans, egrets and mockingbirds will provide plenty of excitement! A historic grist mill along the river is maintained and used today, and a small man-made dam under the South Alamo Street Bridge lulls with its constant murmur of flowing water.
The Missions on the trail, north to south, include Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada. All of them feature churches where people still worship today, and green lawns, trees, cactus and grrrorgeous flowers both wild and cultivated decorate the scenery.
Though desert hiking isn't for everyone, this furtastic trail is pawrfect for a stroll or bike ride with your favorite fur-pups, who will love it as much as you will!