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

Enchanted Rock State Park Closed This Week

The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is closed this week through Thursday, January 5 until 5:00 p.m. for hunting season. As a result, the park will be closed these days to visitors. The park will be closed the next week as well – January 8 from 5:00 p.m. until January 13 at 2:00 p.m. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located at 16710 RR 965, 18 miles north of Fredericksburg. For information, call 830-685-3636.

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 Interpretive Summit Tour – February 12

Certified Interpretive Guide, Carl Fabre, who is also a member of the National Association for Interpretation and a sixth generation Texan will be leading this Saturday’s tour of Enchanted Rock sponsored by The Friends of Enchanted Rock.  Learn about geological landforms, flora and fauna, archaeology and cultural history.  Please leave a message at 685-3038 to reserve a spot.  The tour will be from 9 – 11 am.

Enchanted Rock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1970 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.