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Eagle Eye Observatory

Our dark-sky location is considered one of the best astronomic viewing sites in Texas. The elevation of the Eagle Eye Observatory is approximately 1,100 feet or 335 meters above sea level.

The observatory is a sliding-roof design with two independently retractable roof sections.  Each roof section may be moved to create a variable size, side-viewing slit, or both sections may be moved to open the entire structure to the sky. Eagle Eye Observatory provides modern telescopes with computer enhanced imaging and astronomical instruments.

Telescopes include:

• 14” clear aperture Celestron 1400HD f/11 reflector with Edge Technology, fully automated on an equatorial mount with Go-To targeting;

• 12” aperture Meade Schmidt Cassegrain f/10 Reflector on an Alt/Az fork mount with Go-To Technology;

• 11” Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain f/10 converted to f/2 via HyperStar lens with Mallincam Xterminator video camera.

• Orion ED100 100mm Apochromatic Refractor Telescope.

• Coronado Solarmax 90mm Double Stack dedicated Solar Telescope.

The observatory is staffed by a qualified astronomer and is open:

Wednesday Sessions: 9p, 10p, 11p

Thursday Sessions: 9p, 10p, 11p

Friday Sessions: 9p, 10p, 11p, 12a

Saturday Sessions: 9p, 10p, 11p, 12a

Sunday Sessions: 9p, 10p, 11p

The observatory is currently open to overnight guests only, weather permitting.  When the weather does not permit telescope viewing, EEO provides programs via a large screen television with planetarium software, videos, and comprehensive interactive Q/A sessions.

Effective May 12, 2021, COTE will sell one-hour sessions for $10 per guest with a maximum of 10 guests per session (with not all guests from the same group), or private sessions (guests from the same group) at $75 with a maximum of 10 guests.


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Is it safe to walk to the Observatory?

We strongly suggest driving to the Eagle Eye Observatory at night due to the non-paved road and minimal lighting available. This helps ensure you have the safest and best star viewing experience.

Where can the eagles be seen?

Eagles nest nearby during the winter months, typically October through March, or until it becomes too warm. Their enormous nests can be seen on the edge of the property near the mouth of the Colorado River and Lake Buchanan. Eagles may be spotted at various times throughout the day, especially at Overlook Restaurant and the Park Store during the early morning hours.

Are golf carts available to rent?

The Guest Services staff are happy to assist you should you require assistance to your room. Unfortunately, the golf carts are not for public use and utilized by our operations staff. For your convenience, we have several pull wagons parked outside Guest Services for your use.

Is the swimming pool heated and available to everyone?

The pool is heated naturally by the sun and is open year-round, even during the winter months. The swimming pool is available to resort guests staying in cabins only. RV, camping guests, and day users may not use the pool due to size and regulations.

What if it rains?

There is a recreation room with TV and games for your enjoyment. Programs and movies are typically available should Mother Nature dampen your plans. Dine in the Restaurant, grab a snack and a drink in the Eagles Nest Lounge or sit on the Park Store porch. If you have the itch to “get out”, shopping and caving are nearby in Burnet and Marble Falls, only a short drive from the property.

There is no TV in our room, what are my kids going to do?

If you must have a television in your room, we are not the resort for you. We purposely exercise a distraction free environment with a focus on naure and education. We’re referred to as “Kid and Dog Heaven” for a reason. There is a swimming pool, fishing, outdoor water activities, and up to 16 miles of designated hiking trails for both children and adults. We feature nature and interpretative programs for all ages to enjoy. Our activities are listed on our website under “Experiences”

Is it possible to walk to the Falls?

The Falls are on private property so you cannot walk to them. They are accessible by boat only and it makes an enjoyable day activity for the entire family. During the winter eagles nest in that area.

Do you have horseback riding on our property?

Horseback riding is not permitted in the Nature Park because they would disrupt the natural ecosystem. Horseback riding is available nearby-ask Guest Services for details.

May bikes be ridden on any of the trails? Are ATVs permitted on property?

There are trails designated for bicycle use only. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on trails with exception for emergency and operations. From March 1 – August 31, trails may be limited to foot traffic only to protect the ecosystem and endangered species of birds.

Is there a boat ramp at the resort?

There is no boat ramp on the property, however, only three miles from the Park on RR 2341 there is one located at Burnet County Park. Lake levels vary and our boat dock may at times be inaccessible. When lake levels are normal, our boat dock allows you to tie your boat up for short periods of time so guests may enjoy our shopping, restaurant or activities. There is no overnight boat docking in the Park.

Are there canoes & kayak rentals on property?

We have single ad tandem kayaks available for rent daily from 9a-3p. Reservations are made through Guest Services with pick-up lakeside at the Park Store. Kayaks are only rented to overnight resort guests.

How far is it to the nearest town or city?

The quaint town of Burnet is 18 miles from the Canyon of the Eagles and has many attractions of its own. You'll find wineries, antique, craft, jewelry, and home décor stores as well as restaurants and a train robbery reenactment just east of the town square.

When do wildflowers & bluebonnets bloom?

March through mid-May are the best months to enjoy the Bluebonnets. The Park is full of wildflowers and scenic beauty. Our Ranch Road 2341 is referred to as “the most scenic highway in Texas.”

Where is it acceptable to fish & a fishing license required?

You may fish from our dock, fish from a boat or join a fishing excursion led by a professional guide. Fishing licenses are required for all ages designated by the Texas Park and Wildlife.

Do you rent jet skis or pontoon boats?

Not at this time. Nearby Thunderbird Lodge has boat rentals. Please inquire at Guest Services for rental locations.