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Stargazing 101

9:00p to 10:00p
Fri, July 30, 2021
Jessica DeBoer
(830) 685-3636 x804

Join a Park Ranger as we talk about the importance of dark skies while learning to navigate the stars above. (RSVP required)

From finding constellations to specific stars. From myths and legends about these celestial beings to scientific facts and figures. We’ll spend our time looking and learning.

As an International Dark Sky Park, Enchanted Rock boasts some of the darkest skies in this part of Texas, which means the stars at night ARE big and bright deep in the heart of Texas. We will be bare eye stargazing. Feel free to bring your own telescope or camera.

IMPORTANT: Reservations are required to enter the State Natural Area Friday through Monday, on holidays and/or during school breaks. A separate RSVP is also required for this program. You can check day pass availability here. --and-- email Ranger Jessica for program RSVP via the email links in the contact section or at the bottom of this page.

Location Lower Parking Lot. There is no hiking as part of this program. More information about parking will be sent out prior to the program. Let us know if you need any special accommodations!

Schedule

  • 9:00-9:15pm Introduction to Dark Skies
  • 9:15-10:15pm Guided Stargazing

Bring 

  • Lawn chair or stargazing blanket (optional)
  • Dress for the weather
  • Insect repellant
  • Flashlight (preferably with a red lens; mainly for walk back to vehicle/campsite)

Please no flashlights or cell phones during this event (it can take 20-30 minutes for our eyes to adjust from bright light to darkness). Red-tinted lights are permitted.

Reservations are required to enter the state natural area Friday through Sunday, holidays or school breaks. You can check day pass availability online at TexasStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com. An RSVP to the listed contact is also required to attend this program.

Entrance fees: $8/adult; children 12 and under are free; no additional fees for park programs. Entry is free with a Texas State Parks Pass.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: There will be NO water available in the park from June 4th through July 1st. All visitors MUST bring their own water for consumption. Non-flushing restrooms will be available.

All programs are weather dependent -- if it rains, the Summit Trail and all elevated trails and areas of the park are closed. Also, if it's cloudy -- stars will not be visible.

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