Catch the Solar Eclipse from Texas State Parks: Reservations Open Soon

Texans eager to witness the upcoming total solar eclipse from the scenic vantage points of state parks should act fast as reservations are expected to fill up rapidly for this celestial event.

Why it matters: With anticipation high for this rare phenomenon, securing a spot in a Texas state park offers a prime opportunity to experience the solar spectacle in all its glory.

Zoom in: Day pass reservations for April 8 will become available at 8 am Friday, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

To secure your spot, make a reservation online via the TPWD website or by phone at 512-389-8900. Admission fees vary depending on the park, so be sure to check the pricing details. For those eyeing the sought-after Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, note that reservations can only be made by phone on Monday. Camping reservations opened in November, but availability is limited, and many parks along the eclipse’s path of totality have already sold out. By the numbers: Texas boasts 31 state parks situated within the path of totality, as per TPWD.

Among them are several parks in proximity to San Antonio, including:

  • 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

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Pro tips: Prepare in advance to streamline the reservation process and increase your chances of securing a spot:

Create an online account with TPWD if you don’t already have one to expedite the booking process. Have your vehicle information ready when making your reservation. Consider having backup options for alternative parks in case your preferred choice is fully booked. The bottom line: With reservations opening soon, set your alarms and act quickly to ensure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring solar eclipse from the breathtaking landscapes of Texas state parks.

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