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Hill Country Magic Tour
"A working cattle ranch true to how it existed in the 1860's.A reconstruction of his birthplace that President Johnson personally oversaw.The ranch is also the site of the former President's final resting place.In the spring behold the beauty of Texas wildflowers a longtime project of Mrs. Johnson's.Come along and enjoy the culture beauty and history of this unique area. The exhibits and history of the ranch give visitors a thorough look at the life of an American president.The tour continues along scenic Hill Country backroads to the charming German community of Fredericksb once the edge of the frontier and home to brave German pioneers beginning in the mid-1800's. Lunch is on your own at one of the many fine restaurants in Fredericksburg
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Hill Country Magic Tour
"A working cattle ranch true to how it existed in the 1860's.A reconstruction of his birthplace that President Johnson personally oversaw.The ranch is also the site of the former President's final resting place.In the spring behold the beauty of Texas wildflowers a longtime project of Mrs. Johnson's.Come along and enjoy the culture beauty and history of this unique area. The exhibits and history of the ranch give visitors a thorough look at the life of an American president.The tour continues along scenic Hill Country backroads to the charming German community of Fredericksb once the edge of the frontier and home to brave German pioneers beginning in the mid-1800's. Lunch is on your own at one of the many fine restaurants in Fredericksburg
From $96.00
 
Texas Hill Country and LBJ Tour From San Antonio
"Travel along the beautiful scenic backroads of the Texas Hill Country with a stop at Johnson City where you'll visit LBJ's boyhood home. Only a short distance away is the town of Stonewall the peach capital of Texas and home to the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. Enjoy a tour of the LBJ Ranch located along the picturesque Pedernales River.During your tour you will discover how the German migration of the 1840s and 1850s influenced the development of this picturesque area. You will hear about the role of the Texas cowboy and the great cattle drives from South Texas to mid-western markets and you'll learn about the legacies of both LBJ—America’s 36th President—and Lady Bird
From $109.00

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Turlinga Ghost Town/ star gazing

A mass of dilapidated wooden board houses which have fallen into disuse. They were built by the miners who came to pan for gold in them thar hills. Quite interesting to visit. There is a hotel there, which is $180 a night which I thought was a bit steep. However, because of the total lack of light pollution in this part of Texas, it's possible to have a fantastic view of the night sky and star constellations. You can clearly see the Milky Way and the Southern Cross, which is impossible for me to see at home.

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Suet
Sep 22, 2009

Terlingua - Ghost Town?

Listed as a 'ghost town' on the National Park map, this is not entirely true. The old townsite is changed a bit, resurrected by tourism. Terlingua is about 10 miles away from the western entrance to the Park at Study Butte on TX 170 direction Presidio. The townsite sits high above the Terlingua Creek valley. There is a restaurant and bar which is probably the highpoint for nightlife on both sides of the border for a hundred miels. From out in front, the vistas stretch long, your eyes are drawn to the Chisos Mountains riding high above the desert plains, 30 miles to the east.

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mtncorg
Nov 05, 2003

Terlingua Ghost Town

Terlingua is a village located a few miles West of Big Bend National Park. It is very spread on barren hills and consists mainly of your typical trailer houses (see my Local custom tip on local architecture). There are shops for souvenirs, art and crafts, and for rafting trips on the Rio Grande river.
The only nice-looking part of town is the Ghost Town, which are ruins of a miners settlement. At the end of the XIXth and beginning of the XXth centuries, there were mercury mines nearby. These ruins are the miners houses. A lot of them have been refurbished by private owners who thus created a nice little artsy community there. From this village you get breathtaking views on the Chisos mountains at the horizon (picture).

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XenoHumph
Oct 14, 2003

Terlingua Ghost Town Cemetery

Do not miss the cemetery of Terlingua Ghosttown! It has lots of charm, which lies between the neglect it is suffering while still being a minimum taken care of as the numerous little candles will testify. It is a maze of tombs with broken wood crosses and local stone piles and walls. Notice the dates, mercury miners did not live long!! I find this place great to take pictures!

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Oct 14, 2003
 
 
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Things to Do Near Big Bend National Park

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Santa Elena Canyon Trail

Santa Elena Canyon sits in the southwest corner of the park next to the Rio Grande river and the border with Mexico. The river cuts through the adjacent cliff in this area creating a dramatic canyon....
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Chisos Mountains

The Chiso basin is a high plateau created by an ancient volcano that created the surrounding Chiso Mountains. Some of the best hiking in the park is here along with the highest abundance of wildlife...
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Rio Grand Village Nature Trail

This hike is along the border in the southwest corner of the park. The trail leads through some marshes, along the river and then up a small peak for magnificent views over the river and the small...
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Chihuahuan Desert Trail

This is an easy one half-mile loop with interpretive signs along the way that takes you through the shrub habitat Chihuahuan Desert. There are a large variety of wonderful prickly pear cacti such as...
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