A man camping and taking a picture of the night stars in the Texas sky
The 14 Best Places To Stargaze In Texas
Big Bend National Park is part of the nine million acres of Greater Big Bend International Dark Sky Reserve (the world’s largest). You can bask under constellations, meteor showers, and the Milky Way, and take part in the star parties and moonlight walks led by park rangers and volunteers.
1. Big Bend National Park
Brazos Bend State Park is about 45 miles from downtown Houston and has the George Observatory where you can view constellations, planets, and even deep-sky objects. The park is full of things to do in the daytime, too, including hiking, biking, and fishing. You'll also have a chance to spot one of the estimated 250 alligators that call the park home.
2. Brazos Bend State Park
Be sure to arrive by daylight at Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, as the 800-foot-deep canyon is incredibly impressive. As night falls over the spectacular rock formations, the stars come out, and at times, you'll be able to join rangers for a hike using the SkyGuide app to observe the night sky.
3. Palo Duro Canyon State Park
For a family-friendly experience, check out McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis, which sits in the Greater Big Bend International Dark Sky Reserve. The observatory puts on star parties several times a week, giving visitors the chance to use powerful telescopes and learn about the constellations from the knowledgeable staff.
4. McDonald Observatory
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Fredericksburg is a designated International Dark Sky Park, meaning the International Dark Sky Association has certified them as having low levels of light pollution. Behold the Milky Way from any area in the park, or join one of the "rock star parties" for a chance to spot a shooting star.
5. Enchanted Rock Natural Area