Alerts & Conditions

Phased reopening - some locations closed due to COVID-19

The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis. Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to the park is as follows:
  • Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms at Limited Capacity
  • Dig Shelter
  • Bookstore, however restrooms are accessible.
While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.


Summer Conditions

Summer in Texas can be hot. June, July, and August temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees. Drink plenty of water, wear a hat and sunscreen, and take it easy.

The majority of your tour (20-30 minutes) will take place in the climate controlled Dig Shelter. However, the first 10-15 minutes of your guided tour will take place outdoors.

Last updated: May 22, 2020

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6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive
Waco, TX 76708


(254) 750-7946

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