Dress warmly (especially for evening programs) and bring your reservation confirmation with you. The Visitors Center is currently open for daytime General Admission and Guided Tours. The Visitors Center's phone number is 432-426-3640.
Visiting the Observatory with young children
Star Parties are appropriate for all ages. Please keep children with you at all times. This is especially important when it is dark and might be difficult to find people.
We ask visitors to use their walking feet and stay on paths at all times. The ground is rough and rocky. Please do not climb on the stone walls for your safety and that of our facility.
We are in the Chihuahuan Desert and are surrounded by desert inhabitants. There are desert plants here on the grounds of the observatory that may have stickers (cactus and agave). There are desert animals in this area, too. Once the weather gets warm, keep an eye out for snakes on paved areas once the sun has set. If you encounter animals, please remember that they are wild and should not be approached.
Shoes that light up are fun! But when the lights are too bright, they interfere with other people’s enjoyment of the star party. We will offer to cover up the shoe lights with removable tape.