Enchanted Rock Earns Dark Sky Status AUG 24 2014
So you’ve climbed Enchanted Rock, but have you ever gazed into the Texas Hill Country sky at night from the summit? This feat isn’t nearly as scary as it sounds, and it’s the perfect addition to any adventurous trip to the Texas Hill Country.
Enchanted Rock was recently awarded the “Gold-tier” night sky status by the International Dark-Sky Association, meaning Enchanted Rock has very minimal light pollution and unspoiled views of the night sky. Enchanted Rock is often referred to as a “stargazer’s dream.” In fact, the sky is typically so clear that you can even view the Milky Way.
Enchanted Rock hosts a number of nighttime events where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Hill Country in the dark. Stargaze at “Rock Star Parties” where you can learn about the constellations, or enjoy night hikes under the starry skies – you may get to witness the occasional “Super Moon”.
Another fun fact- Enchanted Rock and Copper Breaks State Park in the Panhandle Plains are the first Texas state parks to receive the Dark Sky designation from the International Dark-Sky Association.
For more info on stargazing at Enchanted Rock and the park’s dark-sky status, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/programs/dark_skies/ and start planning your Hill Country stargazing adventure.