Explore the Chihuahuan Desert and Big Bend Ranch State Park from the saddle. This full-service horseback riding outfitter offers guided trail rides from one to five hours or one to five days. Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. or later depending upon sunset. Junction of Texas 118 and FM 170 in Study Butte. www.l...
This park encompasses 801,163 acres of magnificent contrasts. Basic facilities include visitor centers, post office, National Park Service campgrounds, a trailer park, store-gas stations and a restaurant-gift shop-lodge in the Chisos Mountains Basin. Advance reservations are strongly advised, esp...
Houses mementos found on the late Hallie Stillwell's ranch. Stillwell's book, I'll Gather My Geese, recalls her life as a teacher and rancher in and around the rugged national parklands. Nearby is Stillwell RV Park and Store. Hours are generally 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily; check website for closures. Ju...
Licensed river outfitters in area towns provide one- to nine-day float trips through the remote canyons of the Rio Grande. Reservations required for lengthy trips.(Brewster County Tourism Council). www.visitbigbend.com/activities/river-trips
A 74-mile loop through the Davis Mountains (to Fort Davis and back) leads to choice mountain landscapes. Features include nine scenic roadside parks, Mount Locke, Madera Canyon and Davis Mountains State Park. Head two miles south on Texas 17 and take Texas 166 west to intersection with Texas 118,...
Rich deposits of mercury were discovered around 1900, and the mining town came into being around the Big Bend Cinnabar Mine, managed by Will Study. It was closed in the early 1940s. Today, visitors pause to absorb silent impressions of a colorful past, and occasional rockhounds search tailing hea...
Mercury was discovered here in 1890, and soon a thriving city of almost 2,000 was devoted to extracting the rich red ore (cinnabar). Today, the hundreds of wooden shacks are gone; many rock and adobe buildings stand roofless with walls crumbling. Some modern residents have come of lateleisure hom...
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