Fort Griffin has gained quite the reputation for having some of the darkest public night skies in all of Texas. Due to the remote location of the site, there is minimal light pollution to hinder nighttime viewing of the stars. The site is a 2 on the Bortle dark-sky scale, with 1 being the darkest. With such a great resource at our disposal, we don’t want to let it go to waste.

Join us as local area astronomers come out to share their telescopes and knowledge of the night skies with you. During the star party, you will have the opportunity to observe planets, nebulas, distant galaxies, and much more. Don't be shy. We want you to get the full experience. Look through the telescopes and ask lots of questions!

Program will be held in the astronomy area behind the visitor center, which is on the west side of Highway 283 near the historic fort area. The price for the event is regular admission to the site. Site staff will collect admission at the main entrance, if you are arriving after hours. Please dim headlights when driving up the hill and drive very slowly.

Image by David Brady