Marfa was established in 1881 as a water stop for the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. Today, it is a trading point for many large ranches in the surrounding mountains. Superb climate makes it a popular tourist center. In season, hunters are attracted by plentiful mule deer and pronghorn antelope.
In 1955, the El Paisano Hotel served as the base of operations for filmmaker George Stevens while filming the movie "Giant."
Check out the highest golf course in Texas—the Marfa Municipal Golf Course—situated at 4,882 feet above sea level. The nine-hole course boasts a 360-degree view of mountains and open range. Open Tue.–Sun. At the end of Golf Course Road. 432/729-4043.
Strong thermal updrafts and legendary soaring conditions make this an outstanding location for glider rides. Marfa Gliders: 800/667-9464. www.flygliders.com.
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