These Texas state parks will be in the path of totality for the April 8 solar eclipse

31 Texas state parks will be in the line of totality

Map shows path of totality for the April 8, 2024 total eclipse in Texas. (KSAT)

Sometimes, it’s best to experience the wonder of nature in nature.

And you can do that on April 8 when 31 Texas state parks will be in the line of totality during the solar eclipse, but you will need to make reservations.

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A total solar eclipse is when the moon blocks the sun completely.

Totality will begin at 1:30 p.m. near Del Rio and will follow a path to the northeast part of the state. While the rest of Texas will get to experience at least a partial eclipse, only the path of totality will offer the full eclipse experience. In some places, it will last about four-and-a-half minutes.

Texas state parks in path of totality on April 8 solar eclipse. (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

These Texas state parks are in the path of totality for the April eclipse:

The other state parks in Texas will offer views of a partial eclipse.

Here are some of the parks hosting special events on April 8:

State Parks day pass reservations for eclipse open March 8

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will take calls to the reservation line on a first-come, first-served basis, and the limited number of day passes are expected to go quickly.

You can reserve your day pass for April 8 at a Texas state park starting March 8 at 8 a.m.

Reservations can be made online or by calling the Texas State Parks Reservations Center at 512-389-8900.

Reservations for Enchanted Rock will need to be made March on 11 by phone only.

When you call for a reservation, you will need to provide the following information:

  • License plate number
  • Vehicle make and model
  • Number of occupants broken down by adults and kids under 12 years of age
  • Credit card

You should identify several parks that you would like to try for reservations, in case your first choice is booked.

Parks in the line of totality are expected to reach capacity, and people are asked not to visit unless they have a pre-purchased day pass or overnight reservation.

Get more eclipse coverage on KSAT.

About the Author

Julie Moreno has worked in local television news for more than 25 years. She came to KSAT as a news producer in 2000. After producing thousands of newscasts, she transitioned to the digital team in 2015. She writes on a wide variety of topics from breaking news to trending stories and manages KSAT’s daily digital content strategy.

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