Eclipse Viewing FAQs

A total eclipse is coming to Texas and state parks will provide exceptional viewing.

On April 8, 2024, Texans will experience a total eclipse. Thirty-one state parks are in the path of totality, but you can view a partial eclipse anywhere in the state, including in all the rest of our parks.

Read these FAQs if you are planning to visit a state park to view the eclipse.

Reservations

How can I view the eclipse at a state park?
Make a reservation for day passes and/or camping! Every vehicle entering the park must have a reservation. We encourage carpooling as parking may be limited.
Can I camp overnight in the park?
Yes, but reservations are required. A two-night minimum is required for some parks for April 7-8. 
Note: Many parks are sold out of campsites; be prepared to camp at parks outside of the path of totality.
Note: Camping is permitted at designated sites only. No vehicle (parking lot) camping is allowed.
What is the first day to make camping reservations for the eclipse?
Camping reservations opened Nov. 7, 2023, at 8 a.m. CST. Reserve a site online or by calling the Customer Service Center at (512) 389-8900. Walk-in sites will be not available. 
What is the first day to make day pass reservations for the eclipse?
Day pass reservations open March 8 at 8 a.m. CDT. Reserve a day pass online or by calling the Customer Service Center at (512) 389-8900. 
Note: Day pass reservations for Enchanted Rock State Natural Area open March 11; you must call the Customer Service Center (online reservations are not available).  
How many reservations can I make?
You can make two separate reservations per account. This can be two separate campsite reservations or two separate day pass reservations. The two separate day pass reservations would be for two vehicles and everyone inside those vehicles.
Note: Selling day passes to other people (scalping) may result in the cancellation of all passes associated with your account without a refund.
Is there a fee to make reservations?
A reservation consists of prepaying your admission or camping fees. Admission fees vary by park for anyone age 13 and over; children 12 and under are free. The Texas State Park Pass waives day pass fees for everyone in the pass holder’s vehicle.
Will my Texas State Park Pass count as a reservation?
Your annual pass waives your admission fees but does not guarantee park entry. You still need to make reservations even though payment is not required.
Can I make a reservation for my school group/Scout troop/other large organization?
Contact the Customer Service Center to ask about bringing your large group or organization for the April eclipse. Space may not be available.  
Will I be able to leave the park and re-enter with my reservation?
Yes, you may leave at any time. There is no guarantee that you will be able to re-enter in a timely manner, however. We anticipate heavy traffic, as folks travel from across the country to Texas to experience the total eclipse. 
I made a reservation, but my plans changed. How do I cancel? Will I get a refund? Can I give my reservation to my friend?
The person who makes the reservation needs to be present when checking in. You may call our Customer Service Center at (512) 389-8900 for options. You can cancel your reservation by calling the CSC or online via your "My Account” page on our reservations website. Review the Texas State Parks refund policy.

Access and parking

I have reservations. How early should I arrive at the park?
We recommend heading to the park early to allow for heavy traffic. We also recommend fueling up your vehicle before coming to the park in case of traffic delays. To speed up entry, please print your reservation confirmation to present when you arrive.
I reserved a day pass for one vehicle, but now I want to bring two cars with the same number of people. Is this allowed?
No, each vehicle needs its own day pass reservation. Parks will not have room for additional vehicles once they sell out of day passes. The second car will be turned away.
Can I park my vehicle outside of the park to view the eclipse?
Many parks are surrounded by private property and may enforce trespassing laws. We will not be allowing walk-ins. State law forbids blocking roadways by parking.  
Can I get dropped off or ride my bike to a park and walk in to view the eclipse?
Yes, but you will still need a reservation. Everyone must have a reservation to enter a state park on April 8.
Are buses or RVs allowed in parks on April 8?
This will depend on the park – please contact the park you are visiting if you have questions. 
I do not have a reservation. Where else can I see the eclipse?
Look for city or county parks. Check cities’ visitor websites for local information. 

Day of the eclipse

Can I picnic or barbecue?
Yes, picnicking is encouraged in picnic areas. Picnic tables and grills are available on a first-come first-served basis. Consider bringing your own table and chairs. If a park is under a burn ban only propane stoves or propane grills will be permitted.
Can I buy food?
Park stores and concessionaire may have limited snacks and drinks; check park websites for information. We suggest bringing your own snacks and drinks.
You may not be able to leave quickly after the eclipse. Stock up on food and drinks, in case your departure is delayed by traffic.
Will we be able to get solar eclipse glasses in the park?
Some parks will sell solar eclipse glasses on a first-come first-served basis. 
Can I bring my dog?
You must keep your pet on a 6-foot or shorter leash and pick up after it. You cannot leave a pet unattended. Check for pet restrictions in the park you are visiting. 
Will there be any educational programs?
Many parks will have stations with activities for kids and adults available during the eclipse. Some parks will have telescopes equipped with solar filters. Check park events pages to see if other programs are planned.
Anything else I should know?
As noted, we are anticipating many, many visitors in parks and on area roadways. Expect traffic and pack your patience!
Please be careful and aware when walking near roadways and in parking lots. Keep your children and pets very close.
Cell phone service may be impacted by network traffic.