My family and I were just at the Cowhead Ranch a few weeks ago. It was such a memorable experience that we can still name all the doggies and the horses we rode by name. They've got hook-ups and stables for folks travelling with horses and RVs but for the regular folks who watched City Slickers a few too many times, they've got gentle horses like...more
Dry Bean Cafe in Marathon (90 miles from Terlingua) Cowboy songs and poetry under the stars, eating from a chuck wagon.Also must see the Marfa Lights. Mysterious lights appear in the desert floor where nothing exists. Been spotted almost nightly for a hundred years.Also the beer-drinking goat in Lajitas.Dry Bean Cafe gives the area history, from...more
State Highway 118, Terlingua, Texas, 79830, United States
Good for: Couples
This place is three miles of dirt and 16 miles of narrow pavement from the nearest state highway,...more
Hwy 118 @ Hwy 170, Terlingua, Texas, 79852, United States
Good for: Business
In nearby Marathon, at the Dry Bean Cafe, a husband and wife host guests for a two-to-three hour trail ride cookout, complete with cowboy songs and poetry. It gives a real feel for the area.Singing 'home, home on the range' with four guys from the Netherlands and a couple from Canada. Great stories from the host. Gives historical data about the...more
The best possible way to get to Terlingua is surely a Southwest Airlines flight (catch connection from San Antonio, El Paso or Dallas) to Midland Airport. Then private shuttle to airstrip at Lajitas Resort. But if you are not rich like those with such options, I would consider a rental car from El Paso or Midland, TX. A rental car will also allow...more
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Terlingua is a mix of city transplants, societal refugees, artsy types, and fifth-generation natives. All are quite accustomed to dealing with international tourists. As with all Texans, yes, we know its hot, so don't continue telling us.
If hiking, take more water than you think you will need. Even in early September, it wasn't that hot, but the sun is relentless. Be careful around shady spots, under rocks, etc. for snakes and tarantulas, they like the shade. Make plenty of noise when in true wilderness, you'll scare away most mountain lions, snakes and javelinas (wild hogs). If you confront a javelina or a mountain lion, DON'T RUN!! Pull your shirt or jacket out or over your head to appear larger and stand firm, even if they pretend to approach you. Waving your arms and yelling will also scare them off. Best bet is a small caliber or pellet pistol for warning shots.
Buying gas inside Big Bend National Park. 1.88 per gallon last spring inside park. 1.45 outside the park. 1.35 per gallon in nearest major town, Alpine, 80 miles away. If you tour the park, however, you should be prepared to pay for gas while inside. Its almost impossible to get from one end to the other and back on one tank.
Luggage and bags:
any ole suitcase or backpack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Boots and jeans are best due to rocky soil and thorny underbrush. Hiking boots and shorts will due on any of the National Park's trails, they are well-groomed.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Deodorant, hydrogen peroxide (some thorns contain poison that can cause nasty infections), snake-bite anti-venom is always good.
Photo Equipment: This is pretty old-fashioned place. But they do have electricity and batteries.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: sunscreen. Even if you think you are well-shaded, the sun will get you. Wide-brimmed hat (sombrero) light, loose-fitting clothing to expel heat. Tough shoes and leg protection.
Miscellaneous: Water. Bottled water if you plan to visit our Mexican neighbors
Authentic Mexican food in the village (I don't know its name) just across the low-water crossing of the Rio Grande south of Lajitas. Culture shock warning: my daughter and her friend had never experienced real poverty, but the food was EXCELLENT. Real, hand-made tortillas, sopapillas, Carte Blanca beer, Relax on the porch with friendly locals. Don't be afraid, their only bankrupt materially, not morally. Boat ride across river = $2.00 (tip optional). HUGE meal (tourist price) = $5.00 Beers extra (I paid $3.00 for two)
Visit the ghost town (it's about all there is to see). Down the road in Lajitas, you can go on a guided trail ride (Lajitas Stables) locally or into Mexico for one to three hours or three days. Starlight dinner theatre in Terlingua provides dinner, drinks and music (kinda touristy). Definitely look up the Dry Bean Cafe in nearby Marathon (nearby in Big Bend terms) for cowboy dining and poetry.
Fondest memory: Ghost town, rummaging through ruins. Stars at night. Solitude and tranquility. Slow people, slow driving, no traffic, hardly any noise.