Big Bend National Park, in western Texas, is located 290 miles (467 km) due west of San Antonio. The Window View Trail is a gentle, paved, wheelchair-accessible trail with excellent views of mountain peaks in the surrounding Chisos Basin. Several benches along the trail offer a convenient place to sit. The park is open 24 hours daily, all year, with three campsites available. Big Bend and its surrounding area features what may be the best night sky in Texas, approaching the ideal class 1 in the Bortle scale. A stargazer told EarthSky that “Big Bend National Park offers some of the darkest, clearest skies in North America. The Window View Trail and Overlook offer easy access. Arrive early to watch the amazing sunset framed by the Chisos Mountains.”
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