From VisitMarfa - :"You’ve probably heard of it, but have you been? Where wide-open spaces evoke meditation and quiet roads invite morning walks. It’s live music, art galleries, mystery lights and small bites. It’s where celebrities go to escape and ranchers begin the day at dawn. It’s where Anthony Bourdain dined, Rick Bass wrote, and Lance goes to ride. It’s where Giant and There Will Be Blood were filmed. It’s where land as far as the eye can see meets more stars than you can count, and where modern and historic reside side-by-side. It’s Marfa. With a community of around 1,800 residents, Marfa is a walkable Texas destination where the pace slows down and you find yourself appreciating the simple things in life. Located in the high desert planes of the Trans-Pecos region, Marfa is far from the distractions of city life. With deep ties to border heritage and a layered history, Marfa is a place where the past is present. They say it can be tough to get to, but when you arrive in this peaceful desert surrounded by the Texas mountains, sprawling ranches, and stunning sunsets, you’ll know, it’s worth it."
Conveniently located in scenic downtown Terlingua, Texas -- just a few exits past the end of the world -- Ghost Town Texas is a special place.
This spectacularly primitive Texas landscape and the ruins of the Chisos Mining Company are the setting for exploration, relaxation, and good times.
Stop by, sip a cool drink, enjoy the shade of our front porch, and hang out. You'll go home with some stories to tell.
The Terlingua Trading Company offers regional arts and crafts, gourmet goodies, and books full of regional secrets. The Starlight Theatre has evolved into an incredible restaurant and bar. And the Terlingua cemetery offers a reflective glimpse into the area's history.
Tucked away in Texas' historic Big Bend between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park lies Lajitas Resort, the perfect setting for your away-from-it-all adventure. The 27,000 acre Texas resort is famous for its solitude, natural beauty and rugged desert environment. The resort's unique destination is rich in Old West history.
The resort features a world class 18 hole golf course, Lajitas Texas Golf. "Black Jack’s Crossing", designed by PGA Hall of Fame golfer, Lanny Wadkins.
They also offer 5 Stand Sporting Clay Shoot, Cowboy Action shoot, Equestrian Center for family horseback rides, and many other Lajitas Texas activities designed to keep your family as busy as it wants to be.
If you do one thing while in the area, Big Bend National Park should be it. The park has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. The park protects more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals. Activities in the park include scenic drives, programs led by Big Bend park rangers, and stargazing. The Chisos Mountains are located in the park, and are the only mountain range in the United States to be fully contained within the boundary of a national park. The massive park encompasses an area of 801,163 acres (1,251.8 sq mi; 3,242.2 km2). Big Bend National Park administers approximately 118 miles (190 km) of the Rio Grande border with Mexico.
Big Bend offers hundred of hiking opportunities - from easy day hikes to very advanced multi-day adventures. Check here for a list of day hikes.
Other easy visits include the Lodge - a high end hotel located up in the Chisos Mountains, crossing in to Mexico at Boquillas Canyon (the inspiration for the song "Gringo Honeymoon"), and Santa Elena Canyon.
Big Bend Ranch is located adjacent to Big Bend National Park and shares the national park's Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem. However, in one significant aspect the state park is managed very differently from the nearby national park, as the state park encompasses a network of cattle ranches operated according to the principle of the open range. A herd of longhorn cattle is based here, and there is a semi-annual longhorn roundup.
The Big Bend Ranch manages 23 miles (37 km) of frontage along the Rio Grande, and river rafting is popular here. Away from the river, visitors can hike, backpack, go horseback riding or enjoy mountain biking in the Big Bend Ranch's substantial backcountry. The park is open year round and an admission fee is charged.
Davis Mountains State Park is located next to the Fort Davis National Historic Site and the two are connected by four miles of hiking trails. Within the park is the "Indian Lodge", an adobe motel with thirty-nine rooms. Sixteen were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s (completed in 1939) and twenty-four were added in a 1967 expansion by Texas Parks and Wildlife. A large bird blind next to the main road offers enclosed and open viewing areas for the many species of birds that are attracted to the feeders near the blind.