Enchanted Rock Night Sky Party – February 22

Brrrr! It has been cold lately.  Grab a coat, get a scarf and some mittens and enjoy a Hill Country Rock Star Party viewing some of the most incredible night time views in this part of Texas. Visit with Eddie Hrncir, amateur astronomer, from Fredericksburg.  Please call ahead to the park for details.

Arrive by 6:30 pm.

Enchanted Rock Trail Building Project Day – December 17

Join The Friends of Enchanted Rock for one of their Trail Building Projects at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The projects focus on the severely eroded and impacted trails at the park.  Come out and help  rebuild and restore these areas. The work is strenuous and rewarding. Volunteers may be expected to:

  • Load and haul rock, gravel and sand.
  • Work with hand tools (shovels, hoes, etc).
  • Construct steps, retaining walls, water breaks and check dams.

Simply show up at the gazebo at the start of the Summit Trail at 9:00 am on the designated work day. A crew chief will be present to log you in at that time. The volunteers generally work from 9:00 am to 4:00pm.  However, you can volunteer as little as 4 hours of your time to receive free camping. If you would like to participate with less volunteer time than 4 hours, please feel free to do so, but do not expect to camp for free at the park.

Entrance to the park and camping are provided free of charge to all volunteers. Please identify yourself at the park headquarters as a “Trail Project Volunteer” and you will receive directions from the park staff about camping facilities. Volunteers can expect to get in the park with no entry fee on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Camping is available on Friday and Saturday nights only.

The trail building work days are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month. No advance registration is required. The work crew tour groups all meet at 9am at the gazebo.

To have a better volunteer experience and protect yourself from the elements, each individual should bring the following items:

  • sturdy footwear (like hiking boots)
  • work gloves for your hands
  • sack lunch and water
  • hat and sunscreen

The Friends of Enchanted Rock will provide all necessary hand tools and equipment to perform the volunteer work, plus a portable radio and first aid kit for emergencies.

Call 830-685-3636 for more information.

Bats of Enchanted Rock For Kids – June 16

This introduction to the wonders of bats at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area will be geared for kids. Nyta Brown, Natural Resource Specialist for Texas PArks and Wildlife will introduce the wonder of bats; what they eat, where they live, and how their habits help our Hill Country environment. Kids love bats! Bring your children for what is sure to be a great time. Presentation will be held uder the group pavilion from 10-11 am. Plan to stay after the program. You can enjoy picnics in the shade and let the kids play. No limit on attendance. This program is present by Friends of Enchanted Rock.  Call 830-685-3636 for details.

“Rock Stars” Stargazing at Enchanted Rock

Come take advantage of the amazing night sky at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.  They will have telescopes and lunar binoculars available for viewing the stars and planets.  Meet at the trailer parking area to the west of headquarters at 8 pm.  Enjoy star gazing at The Rock on October 25, 26 and 31.

Better Lights for Starry Nights at Enchanted Rock – May 17

Join us for a great Hill Country Alliance Dark Sky Program. A dark night sky full of big, bright stars is important here in the Texas Hill Country just like clean rivers, scenic vistas and natural landscapes. Little by little, light by light, the magical mystery of the big Texas night sky is diminishing. But it’s not too late to reverse this trend and you can help! Join Bill Wren of the McDonald Observatory as he shares his expertise on the value and simple strategies to protect starry skies. Enjoy star gazing with Hill Country Astronomers after the program! It’s fun, free, open to the public and kids are welcome! Meet at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area Group Pavilion 1/2 mile north of the park gate.

7:30 pm.

Animals of Enchanted Rock for Kids! – June 28

Bring your kids to learn about the creatures of Enchanted Rock Tuesday from 10 am to 11 am! Dale Schmidt, Wildlife Technician with the Texas Parks and Wildlife will present a program about the native wildlife found at the park. The program will address predator–prey relations with an emphasis on (you guessed it) white-tailed deer, and will end with a hands on inspection of animal skulls and hides. The program will be held under the group pavilion and is limited to 25 people, including kids and adults. Plan to stay after the program. You can enjoy picnics in the shade and let the kids play! E-mail m.mial@wildblue.net to reserve your spot.

Run with the Ranger at Enchanted Rock – May 10

Inaugural program featuring an intro to trail running with an interpretive ranger. Learn about trail etiquette, the history, geology, flora and fauna of the Rock. Beginners encouraged and welcomed – no one will be left behind. Please bring water and a snack. 8:30 am. Call (830) 685-3030 for more information.

Enchanted “Rock Star” Festival at Enchanted Rock – February 21

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 18 miles north on RR 965, has been designated by the International Dark Sky Association as a Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park. Efforts by staff and volunteers have helped earn this special status by changing out lighting for more efficient options, shielding lights and putting on programs that showcase the importance of night sky protection and preservation of our astronomical view shed.

This will be a full day event that begins as the darkness turns to morning light with a sunrise program and ending with a Star Party chock full of telescopes and a constellation tour by McDonald Observatory’s own Bill Wren. Throughout the day, there will be activities for children and the young at heart. Bat programs, Astral Photography programs, “Better Lights for Starry Nights”, sunset yoga, solar viewing, glow-in-the-dark face painting, night hikes with park rangers and more.

Mark your calendar now. More details coming soon to the website. (830) 685-3636

Christmas in the Park at Enchanted Rock – December 13

Enjoy a Hill Country Christmas at legendary Enchanted Rock, 18 miles north of Fredericksburg on RR 965, where a variety of holiday-themed events will be happening throughout the day. Start the day with an Enchanted Hike at 9:30 am where you will join Santa for a hike to the summit of Enchanted Rock. At 4:30 pm, join Santa and his elves for an old-fashioned hay ride through the park. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies courtesy of Friends of Enchanted Rock. At 7 pm, there will be a special Night Time Hike to the summit of Enchanted Rock with Santa Claus to ring in the Christmas season. Hot chocolate will be served.

All day starting at 9:30 am. Call (830) 685-3636 for more information.

Enchanted Rock Bird Walk – October 8

See the first wave of fall migrants, and some lingering breeding birds, verify resident birds and be on the lookout for surprises as well.

Meet at the Loop Trail trailhead at 7:30 am and be prepared to walk about 4 miles, finishing around 1pm. Bring binoculars, water and snacks.

Free, but donations encouraged. Space is limited to 16. Email m.mial@wildblue.net to reserve.