In This Issue: Splashing Towards "Cool" | Enjoying the Texas Night Sky | Our Parks: Love 'Em and Leave No Trace | Star Attraction: Copper Breaks State Park | Cooler Weather Ahead -Think Park Reservations
Splashing Towards “Cool”
Enjoying the Texas Night Sky
Get some stars in your eyes. They’re big and bright in many Texas state parks. In August, three events - two full moons and the Perseid meteor shower - will offer good reasons to stake out your patch of dark sky.
Dark nighttime skies are becoming increasingly rare due to light pollution, but many remote state parks are great for stargazing
Davis Mountains State Park
will host interpreted stargazing programs each Thursday night through mid-August and will offer one of the darkest skies in the nation for the Perseid meteor shower on August 13. Perseid meteors will appear to "rain" into the atmosphere from the constellation Perseus, which will rise in the northeast around 11 p.m.
Join one of many stargazing events
at a state park or call a few friends and plan your own state park star party.
You don’t need any special equipment to see the show. Just find a secluded spot away from oncoming car headlights, settle back, and enjoy!
We all know to pick up our trash when having big fun hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, and picnicking in state parks. But that’s just the beginning of taking care of parklands. Habitat, wildlife and other visitors should feel no impact from your visit.
This short video
shows how you can help make that happen.
Every visitor plays a role in keeping our parks beautiful and pristine while having a great time. You’ll be doing your part to help keep life better outside.
Star Attraction: Copper Breaks State Park
See the night skies as the Comanche and Kiowa, cowboys and settlers saw them at Copper Breaks State Park
, known for great stargazing. Then explore the rest of this state park time capsule.
Find rock formations that recorded the wave action when this inland park was under the ocean 240 million years ago. Get up close and personal to some of the official Texas State Longhorn herd
. Watch for wildlife including the endangered horned lizard.
Quanah Parker, the last great Comanche chief, may have slept here. You can too. Make your overnight reservations
Cooler Weather Ahead - Think Park Reservations!
You know it's coming. It happens every year: cooler weather returns to tempt us into the outdoors. For those cooler nights and hints of fall color, it’s great to be in a Texas state park
. Imagine your favorite cabin or a park you’ve been meaning to visit but never have.
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