Mar 6, 2024 - News

Move fast to see the solar eclipse from a Texas state park

Pederanles Falls is seen through a cropping of trees against a clear blue sky.

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.

That includes the following parks not too far from San Antonio:

  • Blanco State Park
  • Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
  • Garner State Park
  • Government Canyon State Natural Area
  • Guadalupe River State Park
  • Hill Country State Natural Area
  • Lost Maples State Natural Area
  • Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
  • Old Tunnel State Park
  • Pedernales Falls State Park

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.

The bottom line: Set those alarms and be ready to click.

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