Mike’s Big Bend Travel Guide


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I’ve been driving out from Fort Worth and spending time in the Big Bend Region of West Texas (Alpine, Marfa and Fort Davis) since 1991.  This is my travel guide to the Big Bend which includes the best restaurants, hotels, bars and area attractions.  This travel guide it a pretty good itinerary if you are traveling to West Texas from the east, cities like Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston or Austin.  

  • Head to Del Rio, it about 400 Miles from Fort Worth, the best place to stay is Hampton Inn.
  • You can take Hwy 90 to Marathon, it’s about 150 miles.
  • On the way you can see Lake Amistad and Seminole Canyon State Park.  Seminole Canyon has some great cave paintings.
  • Staying and dining at the Gage Hotel in Marathon is an option.

    Gage Hotel

  • From Marathon head south on 385 to Big Bend National Park, Make sure you go up the basin.  You can also go over to Boquillas but check the times to make sure the crossing is open.  

    Big Bend is rough country until you gain some elevation heading toward the basin.

    Watch for Bears and Mountain Lions!

    Robert Earl Keen’s song, Gringo Honeymoon is written about Boquillas!.

    This is a picture from up in the Basin!

  • From Panther Junction in Big Bend take 118 to Study Butte.|
  • From Study Butte you can either go up to Alpine or staying at Lajitas is an option.  Lajitas is nice in the winter.
  • Go by the Starlight Theatre in Terlingua.  They have food and music.

    Starlight Theatre

  • Lajitas is really nice in the fall and spring with he nicest Golf Course in the Big Bend.

    Lajitas Main Street!

From Marfa head to Fort Davis and take the loop road (TX-166 to TX-118) prior to getting to Fort Davis.  Make sure you take a picture of Sawtooth and you’ll end up at the McDonald Observatory

Sawtooth

McDonald Observatory

From McDonald Observatory head to Fort Davis

From Fort Davis you can come to Alpine.

Head up to Balmorea, you might want to go by the Balmorea State park/springs and head back to Fort Worth.

Here’s a link  http://g.co/maps/evfas

2017

Marfa Film Festival July 12-16, 2017
Viva Big Bend July 27-30, 2017
Trans-Pecos Festival September 28-October 1, 2017
CASI Terlingua Chili Championship November 4, 2017
Original Terlingua Chili Cookoff November 1-4, 2017

2018

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering March 2 & 3, 2018