Join members of the Hill Country Astronomers, Friends of Enchanted Rock and park staff for a tour through space. Multiple telescopes will be set up near the comfort station for the duration of the event for viewing stars and other deep space objects. There will be a group hike up to the top of Enchanted Rock, followed by a Constellation Tour led by Ken Kattner of the International Dark-Sky Association and Putman Mountain Observatory. All individuals participating in the hike and constellation tour must remain with the group at all times. All events will conclude by 10:00PM.
As an International Dark Sky Park, Enchanted Rock boasts some of the darkest skies in this part of Texas, which means the stars at night ARE big and bright deep in the heart of Texas.
Schedule of events:
5:00 – arrive and get your flashlights ‘dark sky ready.’ Tents will be set up near the comfort station restroom.
5:30 – Hill Country Astronomers will have telescopes set up near the comfort station restroom.
6:30 – meet below Gazebo for group hike to the top of Enchanted Rock.
7:00 – Constellation Tour with Ken Kattner.
Entrance fee for the park is $7/person (children 12 and under are free); no additional fee to attend this event.
Entry is free with a Texas State Parks Pass.
Check in at the park headquarters to obtain your park entrance permit. Stop at one of the tents to get your flashlights dark-sky ready and learn some simple ways to make your home dark-sky friendly, too!
Bring: Good hiking/walking shoes; Red-tinted flashlight (if you only have white-lights, we can cover them with red cellophane); Dress for the weather
Please no white lights while at the Star Fest (it can take 20-30 minutes for eyes to adjust from bright light to darkness). Red-tinted lights are permitted. We will gladly cover your white-lights for the event.
**This event is weather permitting**
NO PETS for this event.
If you are arriving before or after office hours, you will need to use the self-pay station to obtain your park entrance permit. The self-pay station is located at the front of the office and is cash (exact change), check or Texas State Parks Pass only.
Photo image credit: Ken Kattner from Putman Mountain Observatory near Enchanted Rock.