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A Trip Out West Offers a Glimpse at the Final Frontier

August 21, 2023 | By Matt Adams

After driving solo seven hours from Fort Worth to Marathon in West Texas, I was ready for my head to hit the pillow.

Brighten Up Your Camping Trip After Dark with Stargazing

August 19, 2020 | By Melissa Gaskill

Camping brings to mind full days of activities like hiking, climbing, and swimming. But one of the best parts of a camping trip actually happens when the sun sets for the day—stargazing. From any reasonably dark campsite in Texas, you can see prominent constellations, planets, and the moon. Some parks across the state have achieved designation as “dark-sky parks” because of their efforts to control light pollution, while some host star parties to introduce visitors to the night sky.

Devils River State Natural Area Recognized as ‘Dark Sky Sanctuary’

February 1, 2019 | By Matt Joyce

If you’ve ventured out to Devils River State Natural Area in Southwest Texas, you know the skies can be awfully dark at night. Now the International Dark Sky Association is recognizing the 37,000-acre property for its relatively unspoiled skies with designation as a “dark sky sanctuary.”

“As Texas’ first International dark-sky sanctuary, Devils River SNA enjoys some of the clearest and starriest night skies in the continental United States,” says Adam Dalton, a program manager with the Arizona-based nonprofit association. “Owing to the area’s commitment to mitigating light pollution, the Devils River serves as a model for dark-sky conservation within the Texas State Parks system.”

Perseid Meteor Show

August 11, 2016 | By

There’s a big production tonight, and it’s in the skies. Join the millions of eyes that will be looking upward for what is expected to be a brilliant showing of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

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