Big Bend National Park Sights

McDonald Observatory Visitors Center

  • 3640 Dark Sky Dr. Map It
  • Fort Davis

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's 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.

Sight Information


Hwy. 118, 3640 Dark Sky Dr., Fort Davis, Texas, 79734, United States

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432-426–3640; 877-984–7827

Sight Details:

  • Programs $9, star parties $14
  • Observatory programs, 11 am and 2 pm daily; star parties, after nightfall Tues., Fri., and Sat.

Published 07/22/2015


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