Over 2,000 Stars Are Visible To The Naked Eye At Big Bend National Park In Texas
If you’ve ever driven through the West Texas desert, you know just how remote it truly is. What most people don’t understand is that it’s not only one of the most isolated places in the state, but in the entire world. Boasting some of the darkest skies on earth, Big Bend affords visitors the opportunity to see more than 2,000 stars with the naked eye. Which is why stargazing in Big Bend National Park is such a magical experience.
Have you ever gone stargazing in Big Bend National Park? If so, what area of the park had the best celestial views?
Stargazing in Big Bend National Park
What are some must-visit Texas state parks?
With more than 90 state parks to explore, Texas has plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. Pedernales Falls State Park is one of the most special state parks in Texas. You can choose from a variety of trails, whether you want to climb along the limestone rocks on the Pedernales River, or ascend Wolf Mountain on a six-mile trail. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is another favorite, located 12 miles east of the small town of Canyon. Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the U.S., and it’s known as the Grand Canyon of Texas. This park has 30 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, and is easily one of the most beautiful places in the state.
What’s another great place to stargaze in Texas?
Stargazing in Big Bend National Park is sublime — but it’s not the only Texas park offering beautiful celestial views. Amid the West Texas desert that stretches for hundreds and hundreds of miles, the Davis Mountains are expansive and remote. So remote, in fact, that there are no streetlights or neon signs anywhere near close enough to interfere with the night sky, making the Milky Way band, as well as millions of stars, visible for casual star gazers.
What’s the most remote town in Texas?
With a state as big as Texas, you can get lost! Round Top, a quaint little town in Fayette County, has a population of less than 100 (but don’t let its size fool you: Round Top has one of the coolest antique barns in the state!). Mentone is even smaller; with a population of only 19, it is the only community in Loving County. In 1967, it was deemed a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark as the “Smallest County Seat in Texas.” Read about other notable tiny towns in Texas here.