Buy Passes for Programs

Access to the Observatory grounds is ONLY allowed for visitors with reserved passes. All access requires advance reservations, which are subject to capacity limits. 



Join us for the following activities at the McDonald Observatory Frank N Bash Visitors Center.


  Adults Military
Senior (65+)
Students (5+)
Children under 5

General Admission

Guided Tours

Evening Sky Viewing

Star Party













"Locals" are Fort Davis, Alpine, or Marfa residents with valid proof of residency

Please include all members of your party in your reservation (including passes for children of any age). Please contact us for more information or to let us know if you have special needs.

Programs may be cancelled at any time due to weather or public health concerns. Evening programs take place entirely outdoors.

Important: McDonald Observatory, part of the University of Texas at Austin, is located 450 miles west of Austin and is on Central Time.

Use the tools below to buy tickets. The system defaults to one adult pass. If you don't need that pass, click the number field and select zero.


Amphitheater with Milky Way

Amphitheater with Milky Way (horizontal)