The urgency is partly because of the rarity of the phenomenon: the next total solar eclipse to be visible in continental U.S. won’t arrive until 2044. And the Hill Country may be an especially attractive destination because the region is enviably pleasant in the springtime. Dawn Davies, the night-sky program manager at the Hill Country Alliance, isn’t exactly surprised by the flood of interest in the region. “It’s bluebonnet season, peak bird migration, and it’s not too hot, not too cold, and not too humid right now,” she said, noting that in many communities lodgings are booked years in advance.

Read more from Peter Holley with Texas Monthly here.