Big Bend National Park Sights


McDonald Observatory Visitors Center

McDonald Observatory Visitors Center Review

Check out exhibits, examine sunspots and flares safely via film, or peer into the workings of giant research telescopes. Guided bus tours of the domed observatories depart daily following programs at 11 and 2. After nightfall, the observatory offers public observing activities at star parties. The drive from Fort Davis to the visitor center at 6,235 elevation is worth the trip. The observatory encourages online reservations due to limited tour-group size. Therefore, tickets for all events are slightly cheaper online.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Hwy. 118, 3640 Dark Sky Dr., Fort Davis, TX 79734 | Map It
  • Phone: 432/426–3640; 877/984–7827
  • Cost: Programs $9, star parties $14
  • Hours: Observatory programs, 11 am and 2 pm daily; star parties, after nightfall Tues., Fri., and Sat.
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  • Location: Outside the Park
Updated: 10-21-2013

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