As we get deeper into summer and closer to fall, you’ll start to notice clearer and cool nights around the Alamo City. If you have a love for the cosmos, or like to shoot astrophotography, this guide will help you find the best spots around the 210 for your intergalactic viewing needs.
When is the best time to see the Milky Way?
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the best time to see the Milky Way — and our intergalactic neighbors Mars and Venus — is the month of July. Specifically on nights when there’s a new moon (the side of the moon that is covered in shadow). NASA also has a calendar of sky events that go throughout the year.
Where can I go?
Unfortunately, San Antonio emits too much light pollution (excessive artificial light caused from street lamps, buildings, etc.) so stargazers need to travel outward into the Hill Country for the best view. Here’s where we recommend:
Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Galm Rd.
Entrance fee: Children 12 and under get free admission, adult admission is $6.
Don’t miss: Check out the dinosaur tracks along the Joe Johnston Route about 2.5 miles in.
Blanco State Park, 101 Park Rd. 23
Campsite fee: Starting at $20.
Entrance fee: Children 12 and under get free admission, adult admission is $5.
Choke Canyon State Park, 358 Recreation Rd. 8
Campsite fee: Starting at $12.
Entrance fee: Free admission for children 12 and under, adult admission is $5.
Pro tip: Bring your camera + tripod on a clear night and set your camera to a long exposure, you’ll thank us later.
Watching the stars in the fall? Check out our guide.