Mar 7, 2024 - News

Move fast to see the solar eclipse from a park

A photo of a body of water surrounded by rocks.

Texas state parks like Pedernales Falls will be within the path of totality for the April 8 total solar eclipse. Photo: Megan Stringer/Axios

If you're hoping to view the upcoming total solar eclipse from a Texas state park, set your reminder now.

Why it matters: State officials expect the limited number of reservations to fill up quickly for the solar spectacular.

Zoom in: Day pass reservations for April 8 will open at 8am Friday, per the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

  • Make a reservation online, or call 512-389-8900 to make one by phone.
  • Admission fees vary by park.
  • If you want to book the ever-popular Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, you can only book by phone on Monday.

Camping reservations opened in November, and many parks in the path of totality are sold out of campsites.

By the numbers: Texas has 31 state parks within the path of totality, per TPWD.

Pro tips: Set up an online account with TPWD if you don't already have one to help the process go faster and increase your likelihood of snagging a reservation.

  • Have your vehicle information ready.
  • Park officials recommend having backup plans for other parks to book in case your top pick is filled up.

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