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The best laid schemes of mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley. “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns.
The weather forecast for the weekend of December 3 has consistently predicted rain and clouds, so we have put off the Enchanted Rock Star Fest until August 12th. This (not coincidentally) coincides with the Perseid Meteor Shower, which has drawn as many as 500 people to the park for viewing, so we plan to build on that momentum to celebrate our status as an International Dark Sky Park.
This means we have 75 very cool long-sleeved t-shirts celebrating the Star Fest which need bodies inside them now, as the summer fest means short sleeved shirts will be more desirable. $20, contact me for details. firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll add a photo of the shirt soon.
The beautiful fall weather has brought weekend visitors to the park in such large numbers that the park has been closed to new entrants weekends by mid-morning and weekdays during the holidays. When the park reaches capacity the gate is closed and not opened for new visitors until several hours later. The gate is staffed by a park police officer, sometimes with help from the sheriff and the DPS, and they may not allow you to park along the side of the road near the park entrance. This problem goes back many years and is frustrating for all concerned, and the only real solution is for you to plan your visit for non-peak times. Parking outside the park boundaries waiting for the gate to re-open is not a good way for you to spend your time.
You will find this notice on the Park’s home page: When parking lots are full, the park will close for up to three hours. This can happen September through May and holiday weekends, sometimes as early as 11 a.m. Consider visiting on weekdays in these busy months. Check our Twitter feed (at bottom right of our home page) for updates. Flashing signs on approaching roads will also alert you if the park is closed. One sign is north of Fredericksburg on R.R. 965; the other is on Hwy. 16 near the R.R. 965 intersection.
Enchanted Rock on a weekday with far fewer visitors is a wonderful experience and worth making special plans for.