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 Ben Jacobi


Copper Breaks State Park

NAMED FOR the copper found in the area, this red-dirt North Texas park has some of the darkest skies in Texas. It was designated an International Dark Sky Park in 2014, one of the first. Copper Breaks presents ranger-led stargazing programs throughout the year, but you don’t need to attend the program to gaze into the night sky. 

Big Bend Ranch State Park

The Big Bend region has one of the largest areas of protected night sky in the U.S. At Big Bend Ranch, stargaze along the scenic River Road or at one of the park’s many primitive campsites.

Kickapoo Cavern State Park

At this wild and versatile park, visitors can descend deep into the earth (cave tours are available every Saturday), and gaze high into the sky (stargazing is available every night that isn’t cloudy).

Devil's River State Natural Area

With a pristine river flowing through it, this southwest Texas natural area is one of the darkest and most ecologically fragile sites in the world. In 2019, it was named an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, the first in Texas.

Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area

Come for the bats (3 million Mexican freetails), stay for the stars (several thousand visible from this park by night). Access the park by contacting the Devil’s Sinkhole Society at (830) 683-BATS (2287).

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