Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (U.S.)

View of the night sky above the Junction School.

The Junction School at Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park serves as the accessible location to view the night sky at the LBJ Ranch District. Photo credit: Douglas Smith

Designated

2021

Category

International Dark Sky Park
Silver Tier

Address

199 State Park Road 52
Stonewall, Texas, USA 78671

Contact

Justin Bates
Website
Tel.: 830-868-7128 ext. 260

Land Area

6.4 km2

Documents

Application
Announcement

About

The LBJ Ranch District at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is located 60 miles northwest of San Antonio, Texas just off Texas State Highway 290 along the beautiful Pedernales River. During his presidency as the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson spent over 490 days of his presidency (¼ overall) at the LBJ Ranch. Visitors can take a self-paced driving tour of the LBJ Ranch and enjoy exhibits throughout the Texas White House complex. The park is open from 9:00-5:30; however, the public may view the night sky anytime at the Junction School, where President Johnson attended at the age of four.


Lyndon B. Johnson NHP is committed to preserving the dark sky throughout both districts of the park. The park has retrofitted exterior lighting around the most prominent publicly visible historic structure, The Texas White House. Additionally, with the creation of outreach materials explaining the light retrofit, Lyndon B. Johnson NHP continues to strongly advocate for the modification of exterior lighting to be dark-sky friendly.

Weather

Click here to find ideal environmental conditions for viewing the night sky at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (30.243271, -98.606043). Don’t forget to plan your trip during the new moon and astronomical twilight to enhance the viewing experience!

 

Media

Lyndon B. Johnson International Dark Sky Park Poster by Tyler Nordgren.

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