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Annular Eclipse Viewing at the Park FAQs

Use this page to find out answers to common questions about the Annular Eclipse on October 14, 2023! Guadalupe River State Park is sold out of day use passes and camping reservations!

During an annular eclipse, the moon will cover part of the sun. It will look slightly smaller than the sun, creating the illusion of a ring of fire in the sky. This is due to the moon’s position in its orbit. The path of this eclipse in Texas is from Midland/Odessa to Corpus Christi.

You will see a partial solar eclipse before and after totality (total coverage). Guadalupe River State Park will be in totality for a total of 3 minutes and 18 seconds starting at 11:53:40 am.

How to See the Eclipse

  • Make a reservation: You won’t be able to enter the park on eclipse day without a pre-purchased day pass or camping permit. 
    • Reserve day passes up to a month before your visit.
    • Reserve campsites up to five months before your visit. A 2-night minimum stay is required for this weekend.
    • A state park pass does not guarantee your entry!
  • Come early and stay late: Expect traffic delays as we anticipate visitors from across the state and nation for the eclipses.
  • Pack more than a snack: Be sure you have extra food, water and fuel in case of delays.
  • Park in designated areas only. Stay off roadways for your safety.
  • You may not be able to connect. In some areas of totality, cell phone networks and the internet might be jammed.

Other Considerations

  • Protect your eyesWe will have a limited supply of ISO-certified solar eclipse glasses for sale at Headquarters ($3.19 with tax per pair).