Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located outside of Fredericksburg, in Texas Hill Country. The landscape bulges above the surrounding area, providing a hike up to views of the countryside. The park’s dark skies have earned it the highest Gold Tier status by the International Dark Sky Association. The skies at Enchanted Rock are dark enough to view the Milky Way but need protection from encroaching city lights. Park administrators have taken significant steps to minimize nighttime lighting in the park. A dark sky monitoring system checks the quality of the night sky every 15 minutes. You can check the current night sky’s reading at the link below, or come to a Rock Star Party and see it for yourself.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!