The Astronomers Lodge at the University of Texas McDonald Observatory

The Astronomers Lodge accommodates astronomers and staff on official business at McDonald Observatory. University of Texas personnel and non-UT visitors on official Observatory business (i.e., not general public visitors) can make reservations via the Astronomy Department travel pages.

Rooms may also be reserved, as space permits, by participants in Special Viewing Nights, members of our Friends of McDonald Observatory program, and members of the Board of Visitors by making arrangements directly with the Lodge. Rooms for Special Viewing Nights are available the night of the program only. The Lodge is otherwise not available to the general public.

The Astronomer's Lodge hosts modest, and reasonably priced private rooms, a group entertainment room, and a dining room. Private rooms include private bath, a King Size bed or two twin beds. Occupancy is for adult guests only (children must be 12 or older). For room rates and other reservation information, please call 432) 426-4139.

Please note that room rates include a continental breakfast and two freshly prepared meals per day. (Rates are not discounted for guests who do not eat at the Lodge and are subject to change without notice.) Please make us aware of any special dietary needs at the time the reservation is made.

Because the Astronomer's Lodge accommodates researchers who are working at night, we ask all guests to cooperate with our lighting and noise policies so that both astronomers and guests have an enjoyable and productive stay.

Checkout time for guests is 11:00 AM, exceptions for astronomers and staff on official business.

Cancellation policy – Cancellations must be received at least 24 hours prior to reservation date. A service fee of $50.00 per night will be charged to the credit card on file for all no-shows.


For questions regarding reservations

please call the Lodge office at

(432) 426-4139, or email


Astronomer's Lodge

82 Mt. Locke Road (mailing) | 47 Ring Road (physical)

McDonald Observatory, Texas 79734

(432) 426-4139