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Airstrip Astronomy

6:00p to 10:30p
Sat, April 22, 2023
Layla Spurlock
(432) 424-3327

🎉 Join us for an exciting night of stargazing, astrophotography and astronomy-based oral history at the Sauceda Airstrip!

State Parks Centennial logoYou will view the night sky with your eyes, through the lens of telescopes with amateur astronomers, and learn the basics of night sky photography, all accompanied by a narrative transporting you through space and time! Limited camping on the airstrip is available by reservation only!

Evening Events:

  • 6 pm - Welcome Remarks
  • 6:15 pm - Astronomy Through the Ages Ranger Talk
  • 7 pm - Star Party Program!
  • 9 pm - Astrophotography Tips and Tricks
  • 9 - 10:30 pm - Open Stargazing with Amateur Astronomers
  • 10:30 pm - Event Ends

Meet at the Big Bend Ranch Airstrip; off of Main Park Road about 1.5 miles East of the Sauceda Ranger Station

Bring your own blankets/chairs to watch the skies! 

Bring flashlights, but please do not use them after stargazing has begun. Red lights are permitted for limited use. The longer you let your eyes adjust the more stars you will see!

Airstrip Camping Information: Each camping reservation at the airstrip is limited to six visitors per group.

Ask about availability and book your camping spot at the airstrip by calling (432) 229-3613 or emailing

This is one of many 100-year celebration events happening in Texas state parks this year. Entry to a park is free on the day it hosts an official 100-Year celebration event (applies to day passes only). Guarantee entry by reserving your free day pass up to one month before this special event:

Ocotillo and stars
Photo by Thomas Avery