The Big Bend (View All)


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Home » The Big Bend (View All)

BIG BEND PARKS

Mountains. Desert. Canyons. Cactus. Critters. And the Rio Grande. The true wonder of the Big Bend. Enjoy.

ALPINE

A bigger small town: galleries, shopping, a historic hotel, civic buildings, a university, churches, parades, restaurants, rodeos, a downtown mountain, athletic fields, saloons, an Amtrak station, and an actual traffic light (blinking only).

MARFA

A less bigger small town: courthouse, galleries, motels, restaurants, stores, vistas, civic buildings, Victorian homes, the Chinati Foundation, the railroad, excellent grazing, an NPR radio station, two liquor stores, excessive minimalism, and the Marfa Lights.

FORT DAVIS

The essential small town: downtown mountains & cliffs, a real cavalry fort, the actual Overland Trail, a historic hotel, the McDonald Observatory, dirt roads, assorted tall tales, and a drug store counter that still serves Sarssaparilla.

MARATHON

Classic cowboy small town: the railroad, a historic hotel, galleries, motels, a bookstore, churches, parks, vistas, two gas stations, a free-form hostel, a walk-in BBQ smoker, and an intersection.

TERLINGUA

Not even a small town: just mountains, desert, scattered ruins, wacky homesites, a Ghost Town, outdoor recreation, a bank, a few places to eat, some motel type joints, a boot hill cemetery, a gas station, truly eccentric bars, a world-famous porch, sun-burnt old-timers, and two simultaneous International Championship Chili Cook-offs.

LAJITAS

Barely a small town: the Rio Grande, a cemetery, some rocks -- plus an actual high-end resort with dining, shopping, an international airport of sorts, a deli, and exceptional golf. Mexico adjacent. It's the last stop on the fabled River Road before Presidio.

PRESIDIO

Pure history. Fort Leaton, the Rio Grande, Spanish Missions, the Chihuahuan Desert, the Mexican Revolution, General Black Jack Pershing, and Pancho Villa. And, the International Bridge crossing into Ojinaga, Mexico.

SANDERSON

Old-timey small town feel: civic buildings, motels, stores, mountains, parks, churches, railroad settings, an Open Road Race, and the obligatory water tower.

VALENTINE

Population 217. The highway, the railroad, ranches, two cemeteries, a great school system, distinctive postmarks, the Aerostat, a Prada store (almost), and a spectacular Valentine's Day Celebration -- of course.

LANGTRY

Yes -- THE Judge Roy Bean, The Pecos River, a world renown saloon, a Heavyweight Championship, the railroad, and whisky.

SHAFTER

A long dead silver mine, a few hardy survivors (33), a classic old cemetery, and a role in The Andromeda Strain.

REDFORD

Agriculture, the River Road, churches, goats, and the oldest continuously populated area in the U.S.

RUIDOSA

No services. One intersection. Closed businesses. Eat before you come.

CANDELARIA

The end of the road, but worth the ride. A hilltop cemetery overlooking a church, a school, and what's left of the town.

BIG BEND RANCHES

Still more Old West than New, these are the true heart of the Big Bend.

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY

From the Old Overland Trail to scenic highways through the Davis Mountains and magnificent dark skies for the McDonald Observatory.

BREWSTER COUNTY

Working ranches amid scattered mountains.

PRESIDIO COUNTY

Where the Big Bend began -- the oldest continuously inhabited area of North America.

TERRELL COUNTY

Texas heartland, developed by the railroad, but not too much. Watch out for deer.

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