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Big Bend/ McDonald Observatory

  • February 09, 2024
  • February 11, 2024
  • Alpine, TX (E38)


  • Your registration fee, per person, will cover your admission to 1. The McDonald Observatory Star Party on Friday night, 2. transportation throughout the weekend (the observatory , and Big Bend National Park, and Starlight Theater dinner, etc.) 3. a sandwich lunch on Saturday, and 4. park entrance fees.
    Additional expenses will be dinners Friday and Saturday night, your hotel in Alpine, and some avgas.
    This event will be limited to 24 participants due to transportation logistics. Registration open, and a waitlist will be maintained. Cancellations available until 19 January.

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Southwest Texas - McDonald Observatory and Big Bend National Park

The plan: Fly into Alpine, E38, on Friday February 9,  landing by 4:00 pm to check into the Hampton Inn and immediately go to dinner at the Reata Restaurant (rated #1 restaurant in Alpine on TripAdvisor) followed quickly by heading to the McDonald Observatory, which is a one hour drive away in the mountains. Arrive in time for the Star Party at the observatory that evening.

Return to the Hampton Inn hotel in Alpine approximately 10:30pm.

Saturday, Feb 10th, a long day planned: drive towards Terlingua and enter the Big Bend National Park. Drive up to Chisos Basin Visitor Center (2 hours from the hotel), spend time there hiking and enjoying the views. Leave the Chisos mountains to arrive at the Starlight Theatre for dinner. After dinner there would be a 1.5 hour drive back to Alpine.

This could also be called a Texas mountains winter tour. Terlingua average temps are between 45F low to 65F high, but we are planning on spending time at higher altitudes. Come enjoy some dry clear air!

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