Best Stargazing Spots

The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas… and we think you should go check ‘em out! Stargazing has long been a tradition in Texas, and it’s probably because we’ve got some pretty great places to go. Check out our list of the the Best Stargazing Spots in Texas!

Know before you go: There is a class system used to rate how dark an area is, therefore letting you know how easily you will be able to see stars. If an area is ranked class 1, it’s very rare and means that it is the best and darkest area to go stargazing. If it’s a class 2, this means it is just slightly less dark, but still a good option, and if it’s a class 3, it is brighter and you will still get to see plenty of stars, but you are less likely to spot those hard-to-find constellations.

Big Bend Ranch State Park – Presidio

Big Bend Ranch State Park: Class 1

Sauceda Headquarters 
1900 Sauceda Ranch Road 
Presidio, TX 79845


Balmorhea State Park – Toyahvale

Balmorhea State Park: Class 2

Park Headquarters
Latitude N:  30° 56′ 42.21″
Longitude W:  103° 47′ 11.79″
Toyahvale, TX 79786


Caprock Canyons State Park – Quitaque

Caprock Canyons State Park: Class 2

Park Headquarters
Latitude N: °34 ’24 48.31″
Longitude W: °101 ’03 32.54″

Quitaque, TX 79255


Davis Mountains State Park – Fort Davis

Davis Mountains State Park: Class 2

Park Headquarters
Latitude N: 30° 35′ 56.83″
Longitude W: 103° 55′ 46.09″
Fort Davis, TX 79734



Colorado Bend State Park – Bend

Colorado Bend State Park: Class 3

Park Headquarters
Latitude N:  31° 01′ 22.40″ 
Longitude W:  98° 26′ 32.67″
Bend, TX 76824


South Llano River State Park – Junction

South Llano River State Park: Class 3

Park Headquarters
1927 Park Road 73 
Junction, TX 76849


McDonald Observatory – Fort Davis

McDonald Observatory

3640 Dark Sky Drive
Fort Davis, Texas 79734