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Far West Texas

4 Oct 2008  
4.0 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

Things to Do West of the Pecos River and East of El Paso

  • 1. Big Bend National Park
    Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Big Bend National Park is the least-visited national park due to its remote location. Visitors can enjoy the vast park without having to deal with crowds any time of the year. http://www.nps.gov/bibe/ The best place to stay is Chisos Mountains Lodge in the park.

  • 2. Davis Mountains State Park

    In one of Texas' prettiest state parks, Skyline Drive provides scenic views across the region. Accommodation is available in the attractive Indian Lodge.

  • 3. McDonald Observatory
    McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, Texas

    Near Fort Davis is the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains. A tour of the observatory and a star party are very interesting. mcdonaldobservatory.org/ For lodging, Indian Lodge is near the observatory in the Davis Mountains State Park and Ft. Davis has lodging as well.

  • 4. The River Road - Texas FM 170

    This highway winds along and near the Rio Grande. Spanning forty-nine miles between Presidio and Lajitas, it is arguably Texas' most scenic drive.

  • 5. Marfa
    Marfa, Texas

    Marfa is best known for the Marfa lights. It is now a contemporary art destination. In the 1950's, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean moved into the El Paisano Hotel during the filming of Giant. More recently, No Country For Old Men was filmed outside Marfa. www.marfatx.com

  • 6. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
    Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

    Located just over two hours' drive from El Paso, the remote Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a designated wilderness area that contains Texas' highest mountains.

  • 7. Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center, Langtry

    The saloon, courthouse/billiard hall where Judge Roy Bean, the Law West of the Pecos, administered his unique brand of justice in late 19th century. Together with the opera house, part of a Texas Department of Transportation Safety Rest Stop on US90 west of Del Rio.

  • 8. Fort Davis National Historic Site
    Fort Davis National Historic Site, Fort Davis, Texas

    The US Army soldiers stationed at Fort Davis were involved in numerous conflicts during the 19th century Indian Wars. www.nps.gov/foda/

  • 9. Terlingua
    Terlingua, Texas

    From Big Bend NP, a trip to nearby almost-ghost town Terlingua, home of a notorious chili cookoff each year, and on to Lajitas on the Rio Grande River border with Mexico, makes an interesting excursion when leaving the park to the West. Continue on FM170 past Lajitas for a drive on the River Road to Presidio.

  • 10. Balmorhea State Park

    This Texas state park is known for its spring-fed pool which is nice for swimming and scuba diving. Lodging is available in the park at San Soloman Courts.

  • 11. Big Bend Ranch State Park

    Encompassing over 300,000 acres of Chihuahuan Desert, this is Texas' largest state park. Limited lodging is available at the Saucedo Complex. There are no paved roads in the park.

  • 12. Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site

    Near El Paso, named for the large natural rock basins or "huecos" that have supplied trapped rain water to wildlife and humans for centuries. The site has many pictographs.

  • 13. Fort Stockton

    Restored 19th century U.S. Army fort where Buffalo Soldiers were stationed after the Civil War.