Does San Antonio, Texas, Have Mountains or Hills?

San Antonio, Texas, does not have any mountains, but we do have the next best thing. We call them hills. In fact, the city is on the southern edge of Texas Hill Country. It’s a pleasure to drive through Hill Country, and even more amazing to hike through the hills. 

Hill Country is the Next Best Thing

Hills are tiny formations in comparison to mountains, but they have their advantages. Here in Texas, it’s easy to reach the top of a hill on foot. Many hills provide far reaching views in multiple directions. Furthermore, you don’t have to deal with snow, or cold weather! In fact, some areas may be too hot to bear in the middle of the year.

San Antonio has zero mountains, but there are thousands of hills such as Old Baldy at Garner State Park in Hill Country.
Old Baldy at Garner State Park in Texas Hill Country

Highest Elevations in Texas Hill Country

Many Texas State Parks are full of challenging trails with scenic views. The highest point we have found is at Lost Maples State Natural Area. Some of the hills at this park rise 2,300 feet above sea level, which is much smaller than a mountain.  The second highest elevation is at South Llano River State Park on the Frontera Trail. This trail rises to an elevation of 2,130 feet above sea level and has an amazing view of Texas Hill Country.

Where to Find Mountains Near San Antonio, Texas

If mountains are what you are after, you will need to head west to Big Bend Country. You will find plenty of mountains in west Texas. In fact, San Antonio Mountain is among them. It rises 7,000 feet above sea level, but it’s 500 miles from San Antonio, Texas, where you will not find anything nearly that high.

The Chisos Mountains are slightly closer to San Antonio. However, they are still about 450 miles west. Hiking and camping in those mountains is one of the most popular, and best things to do in Big Bend National Park. Big Bend is one of the most amazing places in our nation. It’s possible to hike to Emory Peak, which is nearly 8,000 feet high and provides a most spectacular view of the park. You will not find mountains like these in San Antonio, but we do love our hills!

From the top of the Chisos Mountains inside Big Bend N.P.

Highest Elevations in San Antonio, Texas

Black Hill boasts the highest elevation in San Antonio, at about 1,600 feet above sea level. Black Hill is located inside Government Canyon State Natural Area, on the northwest side of the city and has one of the best trails in San Antonio. Although the Black Hill Loop does not lead to the highest elevation inside the park, you can see downtown San Antonio approximately 30 miles away! We have witnessed this, and many other adventurous views, while hiking in San Antonio.

There are several other peaks which have elevations between 1,200 and 1,500 feet above sea level in San Antonio. However, they are inside Camp Bullis, which is off limits to the public. Eisenhower Park is a very popular park near Camp Bullis. Its highest point is approximately 1,300 feet above sea level. You can find all of these elevations on the World Wide Elevation Finder.

Downtown San Antonio from Black Hill Loop

San Antonio Has Zero Mountains and Thousands of Hills (Nearby)

San Antonio is not known for mountains, but you may recognize its other attractions. The Alamo, the San Antonio Riverwalk and military bases are located here. San Antonio is also known for its Spanish Missions and cultural heritage.

San Antonio borders the southern edge of Texas Hill Country, and its elevation is about 650 feet above sea level. Travel a very short distance north, or northwest, and you can see the hills reaching about 2,000 feet above sea level. Travel more than 100 miles west and you will see mountains in the distance.

We made the trip to Big Bend National Park from San Antonio recently. It’s a 7-hour road trip if you do not stop. Of course, we had to stop at a state park on the way there and back for a break from the road. The following video shows glimpses of mountains in the distance about 160 miles west of San Antonio. It culminates with the Chisos Mountains inside Big Bend National Park. Happy adventuring and safe travels!

Driving to the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend N.P. from San Antonio, TX

I’m a certified personal trainer in San Antonio. After adopting Abbey, I created Places for Pups to help you get outside, exercise with your dog and have fun doing it. We have mastered hiking in Texas Hill Country. Though we emerge from the woods unharmed, we are not responsible for you or your pets. You are solely responsible for trying exercises, or places discussed on this site. Grab the best hiking gear and go dog friendly.  I wish you good fortune on the trails to come.

David Earley


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