Excursions

 

Alpine – Gage Hotel

The picturesque ponds and wildlife in Gage Gardens are an extra getaway at the historic Gage Hotel, which serves as a day trip jumping off point for the Museum of the Big Bend and sleepy but cheerful town of Marathon. Download Map

 

Carlsbad Caverns

King’s Palace, Balloon Ballroom and the other chambers in Carlsbad Caverns show what beauty millions of years of erosion and evaporation can produce. Other must-sees: the Prada Marfa “art project” and the historic railroad town of Van Horn. Download Map

 

Chisos Basin

Let your campfire illuminate the serene mountain vistas and peaks that reach skyward from this welcoming valley. On the road to Big Bend, stops for the limestone walls of Santa Elena Canyon and mystery of ghost town of Terlingua are a must. Download Map

 

Fort Davis – Chihuahuan

A visit to the base of the Davis Mountains offers a look into the past and the beyond. McDonald Observatory’s world-class instruments give a look into deep space, while the historic Fort Davis shows how settlers and military lived in the 1800’s. Download Map

 

Pinto Canyon by FM 2810

The Rio Grande and some of the most scenic West Texas views imaginable await on the road out of Marfa. Take an adventure toward the ghostly Chinati mountains, into the natural border wonders in Presidio. Download Map

 

River Road to Big Bend

You’ll forget to breathe more than once while taking in the wonders along the route to two of Texas’ premiere state parks. Whether it’s the majesty of Santa Elena Canyon or the mining “ghost town” of Terlingua, River Road is full of surprises. Download Map

 

Waters of Balmorhea

Travel north past the Davis Mountains for a day with the splendor of Balmorhea. Start with the famous San Solomon Springs in Balmorhea State Park and then take in the wildlife in the city itself, where migratory bird routes keep birdwatchers busy. Download Map