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Katemcy Rocks - Mason, Texas

Postby KF5ZXT » Mon Jun 24, 2002 6:11 pm

A new place, I think near Austin. Still looking for info. Supposedly Clubs can get access from the owner.

Here are some pics:
http://www.rock-it-land.com/austinriverrats/main/granitehills/index.html

Still looking for more info. But the pics look good, eh?

Ok, here's some more info http://www.rock-it-land.com/austinriverrats/main/GraniteHillsRun.htm

Here's a quote from that site:

Alcohol is not allowed on the Trails
For a one day event: $ 25 Entrance Fee (includes Vehicle + Driver)<br>$ 5 Entrance Fee for all other passengers
Release form must be notorized if under 18 and not with your parent(s)
Primative Land - Camping - $15 xtra
Fees are charged daily
Signed release form required

Family Oriented Pets are allowed as of now if they stay close to ya - "To Be Determined If Any Cattle Chasing Starts"

Description
Primative land, no water or electricity, a couple of hours west of Austin, near Mason. Camp fires will be determined by weather conditions. There will probably be a big smoker going back at the campsite anyway. There are 800 acres of wheelable granite rock available. June 22 will be the official public opening of this land, and this weekend will determine if the landowner will find it profitable enough to continue having four wheeling events. Directions here => <br>Here's a USGS topographic map of the area from the TopoZone!
Trail Difficulty
Everything from easy to difficult. Some places you can pick your own route and take the hardest line or the easiest. It may be kinda tough for a stock ride but there are some who have made it through although it takes some time. Preferably vehicles at least locked at one end. The Waterfall Trail will require lockers.
Make sure you bring necessary tools and frequently used spare parts.

REQUIRED Release Form
This is a standard liability release form. It states if there are any injuries or damages incurred, Hayes Ranch is not responsible. All passengers must have a signed release form, and if under 18, it must be notarized. If you bring your own children, it is not necessary for notorization. These will be collected at the front gate upon entry. They will be kept on file for future visits. Printable Form <br> <br>Ranch Contact <br>You can contact Shain via e-mail about dates you would like to arrange for an event and he will schedule with the rancher. You will need an approximate final vehicle count. There is a minimum of 10 rigs ($250/day) and if you have a smaller group but are willing to pay the $250 minimum, you could still come. <br>Shain is a local resident and regularly wheels on the property. He will be out there on June 22 along with his group to show us around. Click here to view some pics he took while out there recently.

Gate Opening and Closing
Gates will be opened by 8:00 a.m. or earlier if arrangements have been made. Closing time for the evening will be played by ear, there is no rush to get you out, however, if you're still there at dawn...you are considered camped. : ) Departure time next day will be noon. If you start wheeling again, then you gotta pay, but can stay all day.

Mason Community
A gas stop in Mason will be needed. The community tries to support their locally owned businesses which are Texaco (food/gas); Chevron (gas only); and the Citgo (gas/food). There is also a Town & Country which has a large parking lot.

Mason County is comprised of 932 square miles of some of the most beautiful, most rugged, and most desirable landscape in the great state of Texas. The southern edges of the county lie within the Texas Hill Country, while the northern reaches are brushed by the Southern Plains. In between, you'll find granite domes poking from the earth, and rolling green pastures with meandering streams flowing toward one of the three rivers in Mason County, the Llano, the James or the San Saba. <br> The state gemstone, topaz, is found only in Mason County, around the communities of Grit, Katemcy and Streeter. It's no coincidence that these areas also have frequent occurrences of granite outcroppings, and numerous streambeds with sand and gravel flows. <br> An hour or two before sunset if you are still around the area, southwest of Mason near State Hwy 290, hundreds of bats flutter and chirp around the mouth of the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. About 4 - 6 million bats inhabit the site from May through September. A stream of bats emerges and flies just outside the cave entrance for about an hour. Just getting there is an adventure. The last nine miles is down a rugged dirt road through the scenic Texas Hill Country. And then there's the river crossing. It's 200 yards across a flat rock bottom. Keep to the left and you'll make it without a problem.

Mason County is home to cattle, sheep, goats and exotics. If it can be rounded up, wrangled, ridden, roped or branded, someone in Mason is raising it. While driving around, you may see Hereford cattle grazing on one side of the road while emus run along the fence on the other side. Drive another mile or two and see buffalo grazing with antelope and Ibex sheep. Ranching "ain't" what it used to be; but, here you'll find it a lot more interesting and a lot more surprising than you might have imagined.

You might also watch out for some of those big old pickup trucks towing trailers. They're good drivers, and they'll watch out for you as much as they can; but, you'll need to do your part as well. Don't pass them on the right, and don't crowd them too much on a hill. Follow these rules, and we'll all get along fine.

Resource: Mason Chamber of Commerce

Katemcy Rocks
The local community (wheelers and non-wheelers) call this particular area Katemcy Rocks. It's current name is taken from that of Comanche Chief Ketemoczy, with whom John O. Meusebach is said to have signed a treaty near the town's current site in 1847. This treaty is still honored today and believed to be the only treaty made with the Indians that was never broken by either side.

When John O. Meusebach and other German colonists arrived at the bend in Baron's Creek in 1846, the area was still the hunting ground of the Comanche. The Indians were more than a little irritated with trespassing on their land. Meusebach and a group of men traveled to the Indians' winter camp at the old San Saba Presidio to join in on a council meeting.

The Meusebach-Comanche Treaty that was ratified by the colony of Germans provided safe passage for settlers through the territory and allowed the Indians access to the settlements. It also promised mutual reports of wrongdoing and allowed for the punishment of the culprits. With a payment of $1,000, the Indians allowed surveying of land in the San Saba area.


Might be good for when we can get a bigger group together.
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Re: Granite Hill

Postby Kris Guilbeaux » Mon Jun 24, 2002 8:21 pm

That looks cool kinda like a mini Moab.

It also looks like more fun then the Slabs cause there is no Water :)
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Re: Granite Hill

Postby Michael » Mon Jun 24, 2002 9:35 pm

That looks bad ass, sign me up if we can get a group together.
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Re: Granite Hill

Postby KF5ZXT » Tue Jul 02, 2002 7:11 pm

Apparently the official site for the Granite Hill area, officially called Katemcy Rocks, is here http://rock-it-land.com/katemcyrocks/

It does not have the group designation that was previously described. IT is $25 for a day per vehicle, or $40 for the weekend, which includes camping Friday and Saturday night. It is located right in the middle of Texas. Check out the link.
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Re: Granite Hill

Postby KF5ZXT » Mon Sep 30, 2002 8:16 pm

an email I got today...

http://rock-it-land.com/katemcyrocks/

Katemcy Rocks - Rock Crawling Texas Style
Located in Central Texas ten miles North of Mason, Texas off Hwy 87 and FM 1222. Primative camping, no water or electricity as of now, a couple of hours west of Austin. We have 800 acres of wheelable granite rock here on the property for 4X4 off-road activities. There are numerous granite domes with plenty of diverse terrain for all. As of now, we have four main areas with plenty of obstacles; from easy to difficult +. We like to have at least 10 rigs scheduled to open up the park, if you have a smaller group contact us for arrangements.
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Katemcy Rocks Mason, Tx

Postby SVO » Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:30 pm

Katemcy Rocks, Texas' Premier Off Road Ranch Texas' Moab

http://katemcyrocks.com

We have over 800 acres of granite rock providing an off-road experience like no other in the state. Called the "Moab of Texas", Katemcy Rocks presents diverse terrain for all levels of four wheelers, from stock vehicles to extreme rock crawlers.

There are multiple trails with numerous obstacles from easy to extreme. Some of the most popular trails are listed here. The ranch is only open to wheeling on the dates listed on the schedule/calendar. If you would like to coordinate either an open event (open to all wheelers) or closed event (only your group on the ranch), please contact us for arrangements and fees.

Open events require a list of at least 20 vehicles to wheel for two days. Standard weekend prices are listed here. Come see what "Rock Crawling Texas Style" is all about.



Manditory Minimum Vehicle Requirements to four wheel at Katemcy Rocks:
1. properly anchored tow hooks front and rear
2. seat belts for all vehicle occupants
3. a properly anchored roll bar, preferably a roll cage anchored to the frame (or full roof)

The following items are strongly suggested to make your trip more enjoyable:

tools
High Lift jack
self recovery equipment (tow strap, tree saver, snatch block, etc...)
winch
spare parts (driveshaft u-joints, axleshaft u-joints, hubs, driveshafts, tie rods, etc...)
first aid kit
tire plugs
fire extinquisher



Please note: the above items are absolute requirements, no exceptions. You will not be permitted to wheel without meeting these minimum requirements. A roll-over is a life threatening event, particularly on unforgiving granite. We have had several roll-overs at Katemcy Rocks. Thankfully, no one has been injured other than minor cuts and scrapes because they have had, and used, proper safety equipment including full roll cages.


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Postby KF5ZXT » Sat Feb 04, 2006 1:32 pm

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Postby KF5ZXT » Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:05 am

KATEMCY ROCKS CLOSES
All good things must come to an end. So it goes with Katemcy Rocks. We learned last week that we are losing our lease effective June 30, 2009.
The trust department that has handled Jack Hays estate notified us that the property was not going to be leased to us again. The son who inherited the property has decided he wishes to use the property exclusively for his family, as is his right. They may eventually build a home on the property.
All the scheduled events we have listed before July will be held as planned. Events scheduled after July will be moved up if time and logistics work out. We will be posting them up on our website as things come together.
We are actively working on other possible land opportunities, but these are distant chances. Consequently, if you want to wheel at Katemcy before its closed, you need to do so on or before June 13-14, 2009. We currently have five more events scheduled before we must close:
1. March 19-22 Lone Star Landcruiser's Round up (closed event)
2. April 24-26 Lone Star Early Bronco's Roundup (closed event)
3. May 2-3 Baertrax's & Trail Duty's Customer Appreciation runs (open event)
4. May 23-25 Memorial Day Weekend Blowout (our last one - open event)
5. June 13-14 Texas 4x4.org's “Summer Run V†(open event â€" the last at Katemcy)
If there is enough interest, we may cancel our Moab Easter Jeep Safari trip and schedule one more open event on April 4-5. As it stands, Texas 4x4.org's “Summer Run V†will be our last event at Katemcy Rocks.

It has been an honor and privilege to wheel with you on this property for the past eight years. We have met so many friends through the years and hope to see all of you back here at the Rocks before we close.
Happy Trails,
Randall, Shain, Pam, Casey, Jessica, Juanita, Jerry and Elaine
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Postby Justin Klare » Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:59 am

i just sent out an email to some friends to see if we can't make a trip before it closes.
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Postby Sexy Evil ST » Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:27 pm

James T is trying to get a run going there in May.

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/sho ... p?t=239098

Txplates and I was just there a few weeks ago...

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/sho ... p?t=237981

At least I got to go once before they close.
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Postby Jason » Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:43 am

Ya this sucks that thay are closeing the gate june 1st but not alot thay can do when you lose your lease
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Re: Katemcy Rocks Mason, Tx

Postby KF5ZXT » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:07 am

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Katemcey

Postby TxPlates » Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:58 am

Katemcey has re-opened under new management and a different site, still the same city - we should try it soon, so we can update this....
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Re: Katemcy Rocks - Mason, Texas

Postby KF5ZXT » Thu May 31, 2012 12:44 pm

The real official website:
http://www.katemcyrocks.com/

KATEMCY ROCKS is operated by the Kruse family and Shain Chapman. We offer over 800 acres of granite rock providing an off road experience like no other in the state. Called the "Moab of Texas," KATEMCY ROCKS presents diverse terrain for all levels of four wheelers, from stock vehicles to extreme rock crawlers. There are multiple trails with numerous obstacles from easy to extreme. Some of our most popular trails listed here.

KATEMCY ROCKS is only open to wheeling on the dates listed on the schedule/calendar. If you would like to coordinate either an open event (open to all wheelers) or closed event (only your group on the ranch), please contact us for arrangements and fees. Open events require a list of at least 30 vehicles to wheel for two days. Standard weekend prices are listed here.

Notice:
You must read the Rules & Regulations and comply with the Minimum
Vehicle Requirements before you arrive at Katemcy Rocks

PRICING
All payments must be received in cash or check (with proper id). We cannot process credit/debit cards out on the rocks. There are ATM machines available back in town.

WEEKEND RATE
$50/weekend driver package
Includes:
• Camping Friday & Saturday night
• Saturday wheeling - 8:30 till dark)
• Sunday wheelin - 8:30 till 3:00

Note: an additional $5/day per passenger is required

DAILY RATES
$30/day per driver
$5/day per passenger
Note: children under 12 are free

CAMPING RATES
$10/person for both nights
(Weekend driver package includes camping fee)
Note: children under 12 are free

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Re: Katemcy Rocks - Mason, Texas

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